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WON Troutcast April 23rd & 24th, 2022 at Lake Cuyamaca



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On-site registration for Friday 4/22 from 4-7pm has moved to Chambers Park at Raccoon Manor Cabin and NOT at the Cuyamaca tackle shop. 


Western Outdoor News Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca making its return April 23-24

On-site registration for Friday 4/22 from 4-7pm has moved to Chambers Park at Raccoon Manor Cabin and NOT at the Cuyamaca tackle shop. 

Second annual family-friendly trout derby to feature heavy stocking, tagged fish with a shot at $25,000, and lots of other great prizes up for grabs

Click/Tap the image above to watch highlights from 2021’s event.

Congratulations to our 2021 Spring Troutcast Winners

The 2nd annual Western Outdoor News
Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca
April 23rd – 24th, 2022
 Registration will be allowed Saturday, April 23rd at the Lake from 6AM until 8AM.
Daily weigh-ins will be at 3 separate weigh-in locations.

“Troutcast” at Lake Cuyamaca will bring the San Diego mountain region another amazing trout event with tons of prizes and ….

The first one was so nice, WON is doing it twice. Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca is back for its second annual installment in 2022, slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24. The first family-style event of the year on the WON event schedule, Troutcast is an ideal opportunity to get out and fish with family and friends, put some rainbows on the stringer and vie for a slew of terrific prizes. With Cuyamaca staff already having secured a hefty 4,000-pound delivery of rainbows from Mt. Lassen Trout Farm for the event, there is sure to be plenty of fishing fireworks come late April.

Included in the aforementioned Lassen plant will be 25 tagged fish, one of which might win you an eye-popping $25,000 if that particular trout is one of the first two tagged fish brought to tournament staff during the event. Derby anglers who catch a tagged fish are urged to immediately seek out Troutcast staff for a chance to win the big bucks. The first two tagged fish checked in will also earn those anglers a stay at Lake Cuyamaca along with a high-end Daiwa Crossfire reel. The third through sixth tagged trout checked in with tournament staffers will score Daiwa combos.

The unique tournament format of Troutcast features four fishing/weigh-in periods on both days of the event (see graphic above for times). There will be two winners for each weigh period — one Adult and one Junior (14 and younger) — for a grand total of 16 overall winners over the course of the derby. The prize package for Adult winners includes a Fenwick rod, Pflueger reel, Frabill net, Daiwa J-Fluoro and bonus cash, while the Junior winners will be taking home Fenwick rods, Pflueger reels, Panther Martin lure packs and Plano tackle bags. There will be three weigh stations available for anglers: one at Lone Pine, one at Chambers Park and another at the docks. Anglers may only weigh one fish per weigh-in period.

Big fish will also translate into big prizes at Troutcast, a pair of boats as a matter of fact. The biggest fish caught on Saturday will be good for a Sea Eagle STS10 inflatable and a Suzuki 2.5hp motor along with a Panther Martin lure pack, while Sunday’s biggest fish will earn a Sea Eagle 437ps and Suzuki 2.5hp motor and the same Panther Martin lure pack. The biggest overall trout weighed in over the two days will also net a prize package consisting of a Daiwa combo, a Daiwa backpack, Daiwa J-Fluoro and a lifelike replica of the trophy catch courtesy of Global Fish Mounts.

The first 400 anglers to sign up will also receive a complementary jar of PowerBait, a spool of 4-pound Berkley Trilene and a Thomas Buoyant lure at event registration, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at the Lake Cuyamaca tackle shop and general store — there will also be on-site signups and registration on Saturday morning from 6 to 8 a.m.

Last year’s inaugural event drew nearly 400 anglers, so be sure to lock up your entry in the early going. Entries are currently live and being taken at WONews.com under the ‘Tournaments’ tab, or anglers can also sign up for Troutcast by calling tournament director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0248. Entry fees are $91 for Adults and $66 for Junior anglers 14 years old and younger. The online entry deadline is Tuesday, April 19.

“Troutcast” at Lake Cuyamaca is going to be a fun filled family event with some new twists like our highly successful annual Big Bear TroutFest anglers have come to expect.

Anglers can fish from both boat and shore, with plenty of accessible shoreline that often produces as much success as those fishing from boats, according to Cuyamaca Supervising Ranger Butch Paddock. There are approximately 30 rental boats available at the lake on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you’re planning on going that route don’t wait to make your rental reservation. Private boats are also welcome and there is a two-lane ramp for launching. NOTE: Anglers planning on bringing their boats for the event are highly encouraged to tow them out to the lake on Friday prior to the derby in order to have their mandatory inspection at the lake’s wash down station ($10 for power wash and $7 launch fee each day). Float tubers are also welcome but must have their tubes inspected as well.

With the mega-stocking ahead of the event, a chance at netting a tagged fish potentially worth $25K and lots of top-shelf prizes up for grabs, this is one trout derby SoCal anglers certainly won’t want to miss. So round up your family and fishing buddies and get ready for some serious spring trouting at San Diego’s premier alpine fishery. See you in late April!

Fishing Times – Weigh-In Times

Saturday 4/23/22

Period 1 – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Weigh-In 1 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Period 2 – 9:01 AM 11:00 AM

Weigh-In 2 – 10:0 AM – 11:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Period 3 – 11:01 AM – 1:00 PM

Weigh-In 3 – 12:01 PM – 1:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Period 4 – 1:01 PM – 3:00 PM

Weigh-In 4 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Sunday 4/24/22

Period 1 – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Weigh-In 1 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Period 2 – 9:01 AM 11:00 AM

Weigh-In 2 – 10:0 AM – 11:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Period 3 – 11:01 AM – 1:00 PM

Weigh-In 3 – 12:01 PM – 1:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Period 4 – 1:01 PM – 3:00 PM

Weigh-In 4 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Lake Cuyamaca offers many amenities for both the daily or weekend anglers.  They have ample shore line, and also offer private boat launching at their facilities.  All boats or watercraft will be subject to a quagga mussel inspection prior to launching.  Private boats, kayaks, canoes and float tubers are allowed at Lake Cuyamaca.  Lake Cuyamaca also offers both rental cabins and trailers, as well as camping and RV sites for those that love to make a weekend out of their fishing adventures.

Please feel free to visit Lake Cuyamaca’s website for details on how to make reservations for any of your camping, RV and rental cabin needs.

Troutcast will be limited to only 600 entries and it will fill up fast, so don’t delay.  For more information on our Winter Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca, call Tournament Director Billy Egan (949) 366-0248.


2022 Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca


Friday April 22nd Angler check-in will be held at CHAMBERS PARK – Raccoon Manor, (15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036) from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  It is strongly recommended however that you register before April 15th online.

Saturday April 23rd Late angler check-in will be held at Lake Cuyamaca South parking lot, (15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036) from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM.  It is strongly recommended however that you register before April 15th online.

Sunday April 24th Fishing will begin on Sunday morning, April 24th at 7:00 am and continue until 3 pm.  There will be 3 official weigh stations available during both days of the event.  The scales will be open all day from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  There will be 4 weigh-in segments each day.  Those time periods are listed above.

We will be awarding a total of 16 prize packs during the 2 day event  There will be 8 overall Big Fish segment winners in both the Adult and Junior divisions.  The Biggest Fish each day will also be winning a SeaEagle/Suzuki package. The Bonus Bucks cash prizes will also be split into 8 separate envelopes and given to the 8 Adult segment winners based on $5 from each entry going into the Bonus Bucks Pool.

Boat Owners

Private boaters launching vessels on Lake Cuyamaca are required to submit their vessel for quagga inspection before launching.

Quagga Mussels

 These are a non-native, invasive species that were introduced to the U.S. in the mid 80’s by a ship transporting cargo from the Black Sea.  Since that time, they have slowly spread throughout the Great Lakes drainage.  The result is billions in damage to man made structures, decimation of fisheries, and an overall negative impact on the ecosystem.

In January of 2007, Quagga Mussels were discovered in Lake Mead, Nevada.  This is the first time they have been found west of the Rockies.  Since this time, they have spread throughout the Colorado River chain and into many Southern California Lakes fed by this water source.  As a result of this spread, many water agencies are adopting a variety of methods in dealing with the Quagga—methods that have gone as far as closing lakes to the public.

Western Outdoor News in conjunction with Lake Cuyamaca urges you as a boat owner to take the time to familiarize yourself with boat cleaning procedures prior to coming to Lake Cuyamaca.  For information on boat cleaning requirements and procedures and the Quagga Mussel crisis, please visit or www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Quagga-Mussels .  Thanks for helping to prevent the spread of this alien species.



2022 Troutcast Official Rules




  1. Contestants may fish from shore, float tube, canoe, kayak, boat, or any other legally permissible vessel provided they meet all local, state, and federal regulations. All vessels are subject to a quagga inspection prior to launching.
  2. All boats, including float tubes, canoes, and kayaks used during the Spring Troutcast must be properly outfitted with the USCG vests, signal devices, oars, and bailing devices. All vessels must also possess current state registration stickers if required.
  3. Contestants using their own vessels are subject to a Quagga Mussel inspection prior to launch on Lake Cuyamaca. Please see their website for regulations at http://lakecuyamaca.org/
  4. All participants under 13 years of age fishing from a vessel 26 feet or less are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest (PFD) during on the water tournament hours. See dbw.ca.gov for details concerning life vests.
  5. All Spring Troutcast contestants will be issued a wristband with their raffle number on it via mail prior to the event start date. These wristbands must be worn for the duration of the event and should not be removed until the close of the contest at 5:00 pm on April 24th, 2022.
  6. Pre-fishing with a licensed guide is permitted up until 5 pm on April 19th, 2022. Other than providing emergency assistance, no fishing guides licensed on Lake Cuyamaca may participate, or in any way assist other Winter Troutcast participants during the contest period.
  7. All California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations will apply to the Spring Troutcast. All contestants 16 years of age or older will be required to possess and carry a valid California Fishing license. Any angler cited as being in violation of California or Federal Fish and Game laws will be disqualified from the Spring Troutcast tournament.
  8. All fish submitted for weight during the Spring Troutcast must be taken from the waters of Lake Cuyamaca during the official contest hours. Fish brought in from outside of Lake Cuyamaca as judged by the tournament staff will result in angler disqualification. All fish must be caught live, with rod and reel, fair game hooked, per California Department of Fish & Wildlife regulations. No snagged fish will be accepted. CA Fish and Wildlife regulations may be viewed on line at wildlife.ca.gov.
  9. All California Department of Boating & Waterways and all local Lake Cuyamaca boating regulations must be observed during the tournament. Any boat operator cited by local, state, or federal agencies for violating boating laws during the tournament will be disqualified.
  10. Lake Closures – Lake Cuyamaca will be closed to Spring Troutcast contestant fishing from 6 pm on April 22nd to 7:00 am on April 23rd.  The lake will again close to Spring Troutcast contestant fishing on April 23rd at 4 pm and reopen on April 24th at 7:00 am. It will close again on April 24th at 4 pm. Contestants may be on the water during off-limits times but are not allowed to have lines in the water. Anglers found fishing during the off-limits period will be disqualified from the Spring Troutcast event.
  11. Official Contest Hours – The Spring Troutcast will start at 7:00 am on Saturday, April 23rd  and cease at 4 pm on April 24th. Scales will open Saturday at 8:00 am in three locations around the lake and will close at 4 pm each day.  On Sunday, April 24th, the contest will start at 7:00 am and cease at 4:00 pm.  Scales will open at 8:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.  The tournament director is the keeper of the official event time.
  12. Limits/Size – Trout submitted for weight during the Spring Troutcast must be a minimum of 10 inches in overall length (from tip of nose to tip of tail). All fish under 10 inches as determined by our weigh staff will not be included. You may weigh multiple big fish during any weigh-in segment, IF your second fish is bigger than your first and is also bigger than the current big fish for that segment. Once you weigh your fish in any of the weigh segments, that fish will be clipped, and you can then continue to fish for additional fish.
  13. Unless cooperating jointly, all boats must maintain a distance of 50 feet between them when anchored or drift fishing. Boats which are trolling are exempt from this rule. There is no minimum distance for shoreline anglers. Official Promotion Rules: The parties hereto acknowledge that Sponsor must prepare and post Sponsor’s Official Promotion Rules which must be readily available to all potential contestants and must reflect the terms and conditions of this contract, including specifically the following terms:a. Employees, agents, successors, and assignees of Sponsor, its advertising agencies and promotional companies involved in this Promotion, as well as family and household members of same, shall be ineligible to participate in the Promotion and shall be ineligible for any prize covered herein.

    b. Names and likenesses of Promotion winner(s) may be used by Sponsor and Sponsor’s designee(s) for promotional purposes without further compensation to Sponsor or the Promotion winner(s).

    Where Sponsor’s Official Promotion Rules conflict in any way with the terms of this contract, the conflict shall be resolved according to the terms in this contract. Sponsor is responsible for any and all prizes payable under the terms of Sponsor’s Official Promotion Rules which are not in compliance with or payable under the terms of this contract. Sponsor warrants that Sponsor’s Official Promotion Rules comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

  14. The Tournament Director has the sole discretion to disqualify any catch for any reason deemed to violate any tournament rules or the spirit of the competition. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final and may not be appealed. All anglers are responsible for weighing in their OWN fish and may not pass or hand off any fish to anyone else. Handing off fish to junior anglers will not be accepted, and if you are caught handing off a fish, both anglers are subject to immediate disqualification. Protests must be filed in writing with the Tournament Director no later than 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 24th to be considered.
  15. Divisional Prizes ─ Merchandise prizes will be awarded to the top 8 weigh-in segment winning biggest fish on both the adult and junior sides. The largest trout of the tournament will also receive a grand prize package courtesy of Daiwa. Junior divisions consist of anglers under the age of 15. All divisional winners must be present to receive their prizes, or the merchandise portion of their prizes will be donated to the general raffle.
  16. Ties ─ In case of a tie based upon weight, the greater number of fish caught over the course of the two-day event will determine the winner. In case the anglers each caught the same number of fish, the winner will be determined by their entry date. The earliest entry date will win the tie breaker, so sign up early!
  17. Raffle Prizes – All anglers as a part of their entry will have their raffle number (from their wristband) placed into a raffle bin. Anglers are asked to stay in their fishing location until the winners are announced over the loud speakers.  At that time the winners may come to receive their prizes.  Contestants who are not present will forfeit their prize.
  18. Prize Money ─  $5 of each entry fee is allocated towards our Big Fish Prize Money. WON will split this money into 16 equal parts, to be awarded to the 16 segment winners during the 2 day event. WON will also provide $7.50 from each entry to be used solely for restocking Lake Cuyamaca with trout.
  19. All anglers and family members attending the 2022 Lake Cuyamaca Spring Troutcast will adhere to county social distancing guidelines in effect at the time of the event.




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