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WON Troutcast April 24th & 25th, 2021 at Lake Cuyamaca





Congratulations to our 2021 Spring Troutcast Winners

Stay tuned as we announce a 2022 date at beautiful Lake Cuyamaca

Tournament Overview Video 4/22/21
The 1st annual Western Outdoor News Big Fish
Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca
April 24th – 25th, 2021
It is strongly recommended that anglers register online prior to April 14th.  Registration will be allowed April 23rd at the Lake from 6 AM until 8 AM.
Daily weigh-ins will be at 3 separate weigh-in locations.

Western Outdoor News is proud to announce an awesome spring trout event to be held at Lake Cuyamaca this coming April 24th & 25th, 2021.




The all new “Troutcast” at Lake Cuyamaca will bring the San Diego mountain region an event with tons of prizes and ….


Steeped in annual tradition and family fishing fun, Western Outdoor News is proud to announce that we have a brand new event that is making its way “up the hill” April 24th  and 25th  for its 1st installment of the “Troutcast” Trout Derby at Lake Cuyamaca. And if there were ever a year to head up to the San Diego mountains, enjoy the great outdoors fishing with friends and family and have a shot at winning some top-shelf prizes, 2021 is certainly it.

This new trout event is assured to bring with it all the usual fun and prize haul that longtime Big Bear Troutfest anglers and new anglers have come to expect. There will be lots of quality rainbows swimming around by the time it’s “time to wet lines”! Not only will there be the usual big stocking in the days ahead of the event, but this year Lake Cuyamaca is starting early with their fish stocking, with the first of many to go in the lake as early as September 24th. These trout plants will include a good number of trophy-caliber rainbows as well, so there will be plenty of targets in late April.  T

The event format is simple: 600 maximum anglers will compete in one of 2 divisions — Adult and Juniors — for prize packages for the biggest fish weighed in during each of the 8 weigh-in segments scheduled during the event. There will be 4 weigh-in segments each day, one adult winner and one junior winner per weigh-in segment. There is also a great new prize package going to the angler who brings the biggest overall trout to the scales as Troutcast’s Big Fish – a 7-night stay in a 26-foot custom trailer at Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra, courtesy of Bridgeport Vacation Trailer Rentals! The winner will enjoy the early days of the 2021 Sierra general season trout fishing with up to 8 friends or family members.

There will also be 8 cash awards dished out to our winning adult division anglers who win each divisional weigh-in segments during the two day event.  The 8 cash payouts will be based on $5 from every entry divided into 8 equal payout amounts.  Winners in our kids division will win gift cards courtesy of our friends at Big 5! The Grand Raffle Prize is a 15-foot Klamath Advantage aluminum boat with a Suzuki 20hp tiller motor and an E-Z Loader trailer, valued at $14,000 and a Sea Eagle Fish Skiff 16 paired with a Suzuki 6hp worth $4000.  You don’t even have to catch a single trout to win either of these prizes! Just sign up!

Also up for grabs at the event will be a Sea Eagle PackFish7. This highly versatile and packable one man boat can get you into those tight spots where big fish lurk! Check out all of Sea Eagle’s highly fishable platforms at SeaEagle.com.  There will be the usual goodie bags dished out (first 600 anglers, the max is 600 so get signed up fast) at event registration that include custom Rooster Tails and Thomas Buoyant lures, Frogg Toggs backpacks.

Speaking of registration –  Anglers are encouraged to register ahead of time through our website at wonews.com prior to April 14th, so that we can mail out your wrist bands ahead of time.  Each angler must fill out and complete an event 2021 Troutcast Liability Release, prior to us sending out your event wrist bands.  We are trying to limit the amount of registrations we take on-site due to health reasons.

“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.

All in all, it’s shaping up nicely to be yet another fantastic fishing event in the beautiful setting of Lake Cuyamaca with plenty of good fishing to be had.

Locking up your spot for the inaugural Troutcast trout derby at Lake Cuyamaca couldn’t be much easier. Don’t delay as this is sure to sell out fast.  Simply visit WONews.com and click on the ‘EVENTS’ tab on the homepage, then click on ‘Tournaments and Derbies’ on the drop-down menu — or call tournament director Billy Egan at (949) 366-0248. Once you have paid your entry, we will email you the waiver forms needed.  Once we have received everything we need, we will mail out your wrist bands prior to the event start date.  Adult entry fees are just $75 and Juniors (under 15) are only $50 (includes $5 Blind Bogey ante and $7.50 toward the lake’s trout stocking program).   Additionally every angler will need to pay the lakes fishing permit fee of $8 per day, which is a total of $16 per angler for both days.  The lake has agreed to waive their $10 per car parking fee if your purchasing a fishing permit for the event.

          A few things to keep in mind when planning to attend!

1) Each person that signs up for the 2021 Troutcast will have their angler number added to the raffle bin for a chance to win the grand raffle prize Klamath boat and Suzuki motor package worth $14,000. On Sunday, April 25th at the end of the awards program, one lucky angler will win that prize.

2) Merchandise will be awarded to the top 8 adult big fish winners and top 8 big fish juniors winners of the event.  There are 4 Big Fish weigh-in segments offered each day.

Saturday 4/24/21

Weigh-In 1 – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Weigh-In 2 – 10:01 AM – 12:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Weigh-In 3 – 12:01 PM – 2:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Weigh-In 4 – 2:01 PM – 4:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Sunday 4/25/21

Weigh-In 1 – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Weigh-In 2 – 10:01 AM – 12:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Weigh-In 3 – 12:01 PM – 2:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

Weigh-In 4 – 2:01 PM – 4:00 PM – 1 Adult and 1 Junior winner

3) Of course, the fishing should be great at Lake Cuyamaca,  Lake Cuyamaca stocks thousands of dollars worth of trout in the lake prior to the event, with the help and cooperation of the Western Outdoor News and our anglers.

4)  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.

The inaugural 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.


2021 Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca




Saturday April 24th 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 April14th online.


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


Saturday 4/24/21

Weigh-In 1 – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Weigh-In 2 – 10:01 AM – 12:00 PM

Weigh-In 3 – 12:01 PM – 2:00 PM

Weigh-In 4 – 2:01 PM – 4:00 PM

Sunday 4/25/21

Weigh-In 1 – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Weigh-In 2 – 10:01 AM – 12:00 PM

Weigh-In 3 – 12:01 PM – 2:00 PM

Weigh-In 4 – 2:01 PM – 4:00 PM



Since this is a Big Fish event now, you may weigh-in a different fish in each weigh-in segment.  One winner on the Adult side and Junior side will win each segment.  You may weigh fish in multiple segments.  Once a fish is weighed it will be clipped, so that it cannot be weighed in at another segment time.



Sunday April 25th Fishing will begin on Sunday morning, April 25th at 7:00 am and continue until 4 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 4:00 PM.  There will be 4 weigh-in segments each day.  Those time periods are listed above.

The grand raffle prize drawing will commence around 4:15 pm.  We will announce the winning raffle ticket via a loud speaker, and only the winners will be able to come get their prizes.

We will be awarding a total of 16 prize packs during the 2 day event, plus the 2 grand raffle items.  There will be 8 overall Big Fish segment winners in both the Adult and Junior divisions.  The Biggest Fish of the event will also be winning a great travel package courtesy of Bridgeport Vacation Trailer Rentals. The Blind Bogie cash prizes will also be split into 16 separate envelopes and given to the 16 segment winners based on $5 from each entry going into the Bogey Pool. The event will end with the grand prize raffle of the $14,000 Klamath boat and 20 hp Suzuki motor package with EZ Loader trailer and SeaEagle FishSkiff16 and Suzuki 6hp engine.  All anglers are asked to remain in their fishing area until the final raffle items are awarded.

All anglers are encouraged to practice social distancing as well as wearing a face buff or mask during all gatherings.



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.



2021 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 25th, 2021.
  6. Pre-fishing with a licensed guide is permitted up until 5 pm on April 20th, 2021. 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 23rd to 7:00 am on April 24th.  The lake will again close to Spring Troutcast contestant fishing on April 24th at 4 pm and reopen on April 25th at 7:00 am. It will close again on April 25th 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 24th and cease at 4 pm on April 25th. 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 25th, 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.
  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 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 25th 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 travel package courtesy of Bridgeport Trailer Rentals. 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. The Grand Prize drawing of the Klamath boat/Suzuki Motor and EZ Loader trailer package and the SeaEagle FishSkiff 16 with a 6hp Suzuki motor will be drawn after the final 4:00 PM weigh-in segments have been completed. 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 2021 Lake Cuyamaca Spring Troutcast will adhere to county social distancing guidelines and wear a face buff or mask during all tournament activities. We will be utilizing the large South parking lot for our awards, and it is recommended that all participants space out accordingly.




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