CALIFORNIA-NEVADA-HAWAII DISTRICT
KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL


FRANK TELARO, DIVISION 5 COORDINATOR
SPECIAL OLYMPICS/FISHING DERBY 2016-2017
P.O Box 25058, Fresno, CA 93729
(559) 434-8099
The 21st Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Wishon Lake in Fresno County. The derby will begin at 6 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

There will be available for purchase:
*Breakfast Burritos, Coffee and Sweet Rolls *BBQ Hamburgers 
*Raffle for Prizes *Fun for the entire family.


Hopefully, you will be able to help make this event successful and will be able to attend. Maybe YOU will be the Lucky person to catch the $10,000 grand prize trout! If the $10,000 fish is not caught during the day of the Derby, it will be worth $1,000 through September 30, 2017, to ALL Fishing Derby Registrants.

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The 20th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 664 participants on July 9, 2016, at Wishon Lake. A total of 82 tagged fish of the planted 400 tagged fish were caught worth $2,450. This was a record number of tagged fish caught. The breakdown was as follows: First Prize 10 @ $40 and 2 @ $100 Second Prize 4 @ $50 and Third Prize 66 @ $25. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of the five-fish limit of non tagged trout for adults and children categories. The first place adult winner was: Bill Klatskin of Torrance at 73.25 inches with C.J. Moran of Sanger taking the youth division at 72.25 inches of Sanger. See the 2016 Winners List! The $10,000 tagged fish number 3038 was not caught, and it is worth $1,000 for all registered derby participants if it is caught before September 30, 2016. See 2016 Derby Photos

The 19th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 446 participants on July 11, 2015, at Wishon Lake. A total of 74 tagged fish were caught during the event, including the $10,000 tagged fish number 2837. The Grand Prize fish was caught by Luis Fuentes of Caruthers. See a Photo of the winner. See the 2015 Winners List! This is the second time the Grand Prize fish has been caught. The first year was 2006, our tenth annual event. In addition to the Grand Prize rainbow trout, there were 400 other tagged trout worth $100, $50 and $25 each. A total of $3,500 was paid out. This was a record number of tagged fish caught. The breakdown was as follows: 17 @ $100, 16 @ $50 and 40 @ $25. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non – tagged trout for adults and children categories. The first place adult winner was: Sang Xiong, of Fresno, 71.25 total inches. The first place winner for the children category was: Naythan Lee, of Fresno, 72 total inches. The Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby benefits Special Olympics and has raised a total of $132,035.00 for Special Olympics over the past 19 years. 

The 18th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 469 participants on July 12, 2014, at Wishon Lake. A total of 35 tagged fish were caught during the event, and the $10,000 tagged fish number 2628 was not caught. If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2014 to all Fishing Derby registrants. There were 400 other tagged trout worth $100, $50 and $25 each. A total of $1,300 was paid out. The breakdown was as follows: 3 @ $100, 8 @ $50 and 24 @ $25. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non tagged trout for adults and children categories. The first place adult winner was: Ephraiam Murad, of Clovis, 76 total inches. The first place winner for the children category was: Noah Her, of Fresno, 65 total inches. (See a list of the 2014 winners) and (See photos of the 2014 winners.)

The 17th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 531 participants on July 13, 2013, at Wishon Lake. A total of 42 tagged fish were caught during the event, and the $10,000 tagged fish number 2034 managed to elude all the anglers. If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2013 to all Fishing Derby registrants. The breakdown was as follows: 8 @ $100, 5 @ $50 and 29 @ $25, with a total of $1,775 paid out. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non - tagged trout for adults and children categories. The first place adult winner was: Ephraian Murao, of Clovis, 69.00 total inches. The first place winner for the children category was: twelve-year-old Braiden Van Ruiter, of Sanger, 63.75 total inches.

A donation in the amount of $7,171 was presented to Special Olympics, Central Valley Region. The Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby has raised a total of $119,398 for Special Olympics over the past 17 years.

(See a list of the 2013 winners) and (See photos of the 2013 winners.)


Wishon Lake was stocked with over 4,000 fish provided by San Joaquin Hatchery, California Department of Fish & Game, the weather was very comfortable and pleasant, and fun was had by all that participated. It was a time of great fellowship and, if you have never attended, consider driving up for the day on July 12, 2014.

The 16th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 498 participants on July 14, 2012, at Wishon Lake.  A total of 33 tagged fish were caught during the event, and the $10,000 tagged fish number 804 managed to elude all the anglers.   If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2012 to all Fishing Derby registrants. The breakdown was as follows: 8 @ $100, 5 @ $50 and 20 @ $25, with a total of $1,550 paid out. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non - tagged trout for adults and children categories. The first place adult winner was: Vour Xiong, of Fresno, 74.25 total inches. The first place winner for the children category was: eleven-year-old Braiden Van Ruiter, of Sanger, 65.50 total inches.  (See a list and photos of the 2012 winners)

 
The Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby has raised a total of $122,227 for Special Olympics over the past 16 years.

Wishon Lake was stocked with over 4,000 fish provided by San Joaquin Hatchery, California Department of Fish and Game, the weather was very comfortable and pleasant, and fun was had by all that participated.  It was a time of great fellowship and, if you have never attended, consider driving up for the day on July 13, 2013.

The 15th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 492 participants on July 16, 2011, at Wishon Lake.  Only four tagged fish were caught during the event, and the $10,000 tagged fish number 1538 managed to elude all the anglers.   If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2011 to all Fishing Derby registrants. The breakdown was as follows: 1 @ $100, 2 @ $50 and 1 @ $25, with a total of $225 paid out. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non - tagged trout for adults and children categories. The first place adult winner was: Debbie Kimberling, of Sanger, 79.25 total inches. The first place winner for the children category was: fifteen-year-old Errick P. Lee, of Fresno, 85.50 total inches.  (See a list and photos of the 2011 winners).

Paul Gottfried of Clovis, CA was the $1,000 "Lucky Winner" of the grand prize tagged fish caught after the 15th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Fishing Derby held on July 16, 2011.  Paul caught the tagged fish on August 25th.
(See photo of the 2011 Lucky Winner).

The Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby has raised a total of $106,716 for Special Olympics over the past 15 years.

The 14th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby was a tremendous success and drew 600 participants on July 17, 2010, at Wishon Lake. A total of 18 tagged fish were caught. The breakdown was as follows: 2 @ $100, 3 @ $50 and 13 @ $25, with a total of $675 paid out. The $10,000 tagged fish number 224 was not caught. If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2010 to all Fishing Derby registrants. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non - tagged trout for adults and children categories. The winners for the Adult categories were: Ephraim Murad 68.50, Boni Escobedo 68, Debbie Kimberling 67. The winners for the Children categories were: Kody Bird 66.75, Errick Lee 66.75, Gabriel Nelle 63.75. (see a list of the 2010 winners) and (see photos of the 2010 winners). The Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby has raised  a total of $101,696 for Special Olympics over the past 14 years.  Wishon Lake was full, bountifully stocked with fish by the Department of Fish and Game, the weather was very comfortable and pleasant, and fun was had by all that participated.

The 13th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 527 participants on July 11, 2009 at Wishon Lake. A total of 50 tagged fish were caught. The breakdown was as follows: 5 @ $100, 4 @ $50 and 41 @ $25, with a total of $1,725 paid out. The $10,000 tagged fish number 938 was not caught. If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2009 to all Fishing Derby registrants. Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non-tagged trout for adults and children categories. The winners for the Adult categories were: Cindy Lee 64.75, Manuel Ortiz 63.50, Ellen Winslow 63.25, Rudy Reyes 62.75 and Bill Abkins 61.75. The winners for the Children categories were: Lilly Graffigna 63.00, (see photo of winner), Dara Tacherra 59.00, Christopher Ramirez 58.50, Anthony Borges 55.75 and Cole Marchant 55.75. (see a list of the 2009 winners) and (see photos of the 2009 winners) The Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby has raised a total of $89,185 for Special Olympics over the past 12 years. Wishon Lake was full, bountifully stocked with fish by the Department of Fish and Game, the weather was very comfortable and pleasant, the service provided by the owners and staff at Wishon Village RV Resort was exceptional and fun was had by all that participated.

We are pleased to have received a letter from Oscar Hinojosa, Sports Manager for the Special Olympics Northern California Central Valley Region. In summary it says Special Olympics Northern California would like to express their gratitude and deepest heartfelt thank you, on behalf of the Special Olympics athletes of the Central Valley for your ongoing donations totaling over $77,000 over a ten year period. Your annual Kiwanis Fishing Derby is truly one of the highlights on the Special Olympics calendar. See the text of entire letter.

The 12th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 582 participants on July 12, 2008 at Wishon Lake. A total of 7 tagged fish were caught. The breakdown was as follows: 0 @ $100, 2 @ $50 and 5 @ $25, with a total of $225 paid out. The $10,000 tagged fish number 324 was not caught. If it is caught, it is worth $1,000 through September 30, 2008 to all Fishing Derby registrants.  Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non-tagged trout for adults and children categories.  The winners for the Adult categories were: Frank Winslow of Kerman 68.50", Bill Dowell of Fresno 65.50", Annie Vitale of Visalia 64.50”, Roland Summers of Riverdale 64.00" and Elizabeth Hamilton of Sanger 64.00". The winners for the Children categories were: David Schultz of Riverdale 64.75", Garrett Sanders of Fresno 64.00", Patrick Rapp of Fresno 63.50”, Cole Marchant 63.25" and Trevor Lee of Fresno 62.00”. (see a list of the 2008 winners) and (see photos of the 2008 winners)  

The 11th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby drew 438 participants on July 14, 2007 at Wishon Lake. A total of 59 tagged fish were caught.  The breakdown was as follows:  6@$100, 9@$50 and 44@$25, with a total of $2,150 paid out.  The $10,000 tagged fish number 1114 was not caught.  Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non-tagged trout for adults and children categories.  The winners for the Adult categories were: Roland Summers of Riverdale 69.25", Richard Bell of Coalinga 66.50", Jared Vosburgh of Reedley 66", Jeff Friesen of Fresno 65.50" and Diana Pearcy of Visalia 65.50". The winners for the Children categories were: Sarah Tharp of Visalia 67.75", Michael Witney of Handford 66", Joseph McFarland of Clovis 63.50, Jacob Egoron of Fresno 62.75", and Ian Nielsen of Berkeley 62.50”.   Even with the low water level, the derby was a successful event.  The Trout Derby was a Fund Raiser to benefit the Special Olympics of Fresno.

The 10th Annual Kiwanis Special Olympics Trout Fishing Derby Grand Prize $10,000 tagged fish # 748 was caught by Dennis Wilt of Kerman. (see a message from the winner) (see a list of the 2006 winners) and (see photos of the 2006 winners) Prizes were also awarded for total inches of non-tagged Trout for adults and children categories. The winners for the Adult categories were: Sam Burciaga of Fresno 67", Rebecca Rivera of Fresno 65", Bill Klastskin of Torrance 65", Rollen Summers of Riverside 64.25" and Tom Hoskins of Fresno 64". The winners for the Children categories were: Colton Cates of Coarsegold 61.25", Dana Tacherra of Burrel 59.75", Garrett Tharp of Visalia 58.25, Denee Tracherra of Burrel 57.50", and Preston Classen of Paso Robles 56".

The success of the derby was due to the unselfish contributions of community individuals and business leaders like yourself. The derby has become our annual fundraiser and we thank you for your support !