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75th Annual Fishing Derby on Lake Pend Oreille

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Real Estate Agent with Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com AB36782

Reel in the Excitement: Exploring the Sandpoint Fishing Derby in Idaho

Attention anglers, there's no better way to experience the thrill of fishing than at the annual Sandpoint Fishing Derby. With its scenic setting, friendly competition, and abundance of fish, the derby has become a beloved tradition that draws fishermen and women from near and far. Let's dive into the excitement and explore what makes the Sandpoint Fishing Derby a must-attend event for fishing enthusiasts of all levels.

Casting Off: The Basics of the Sandpoint Fishing Derby
The Spring Fishing Derby from April 27th to May 5th.  Anglers of all ages and skill levels gather at designated fishing spots along the lake's shoreline or aboard boats to try their luck at catching the biggest fish and competing for prizes. You can purchase your derby tickets at LPOIC.org
Tickets $60 Adult
$10 for Juniors
and ages 0 to 12 fish for free. 

The Thrill of the Catch: What Makes the Sandpoint Fishing Derby Special
One of the most exciting aspects of the Sandpoint Fishing Derby is the diversity of fish that can be found in Lake Pend Oreille. From rainbow trout and kokanee salmon to bass and northern pike, the lake offers a wide variety of species for anglers to target. Whether you prefer fly fishing from the banks or trolling from a boat, there's a fishing technique suited to your style.

Friendly Competition and Community Spirit
While the thrill of reeling in a big catch is undoubtedly a highlight of the Sandpoint Fishing Derby, it's the sense of camaraderie and community spirit that truly sets this event apart. Anglers come together to share stories, swap tips, and celebrate each other's successes, creating memories that last a lifetime. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice fisherman, everyone is welcome to participate and join in the fun.  Chances are you will even see our very own Lana Kay out to catch the big one. (Again)

lana kay derby winner

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!
No fishing derby would be complete without the chance to win some fantastic prizes, and the Sandpoint Fishing Derby delivers on that front. From cash awards for the biggest fish in various categories to raffle drawings and giveaways, there are plenty of opportunities to reel in more than just fish. Sponsors and local businesses generously contribute to the prize pool, adding to the excitement and anticipation of the event.

ADULT RAINBOW DIVISION (32 Inch minimum length
1st Place $5000
2nd Place $2500
3rd Place $1500
4th Place $750
Catch and Release bonus $500
Members bonus $250

ADULT MACKINAW DIVISION
1st Place $1200
2nd Place $800
3rd Place $600
4th Place $400
5th Place $200
6th-9th Place $100
10th Place $250
Mackinaw of the day award for Adults is $150 Each day

Junior Division Agest 13-17 (28 inch Minimum)
1st Place $500
2nd Place $400
3rd Place $300
4th Place $200
Catch and release bonus for Rainbows $100

Beyond the Derby: Exploring Sandpoint's Outdoor Paradise
While the Sandpoint Fishing Derby may be the main attraction, there's plenty more to see and do in this outdoor paradise. Spend some time exploring the charming town of Sandpoint, with its quaint shops, art galleries, and delicious eateries. Embark on a scenic hike in the surrounding mountains or enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on Lake Pend Oreille. With so much natural beauty to discover, the possibilities are endless.


The Sandpoint Fishing Derby is more than just a fishing tournament – it's a celebration of the great outdoors, community spirit, and the joy of angling. Whether you're a seasoned fisherman or a first-time participant, this event offers an opportunity to connect with nature, make new friends, and create lasting memories. So pack your tackle box, grab your fishing rod, and get ready to reel in the excitement at the Sandpoint Fishing Derby in beautiful Idaho.

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