The Watonga Trout Derby will be held Friday March 4th, Saturday, March 5th & Sunday March 6th, 2011 at Roman Nose State Park and is being co-sponsored this year by the Friends of Roman Nose State Park and the Watonga Chamber of Commerce. Pre-registration will be available this year in person at the Watonga Chamber of Commerce or online at www.watongachamber.com. Contact the Watonga Chamber of Commerce office at 580-623-5452 for details. Registration at the event will begin at 7:00 a.m. each morning and continue through 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. All fish must be weighed in by 3 p.m. Sunday, which will mark the end of the derby.

 

The three-day event gives fishermen an opportunity to catch tagged trout for prizes. One hundred tagged trout are put in the lake in conjunction with the normal trout stocking done by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. A drawing from the tags of all registered trout will determine the $300.00 grand prize cash winner. A $100.00 Sr. division and a $50.00 Jr. division prize will be given daily for the heaviest trout in each category. Also, a $100.00 Sr. division and a $50.00 Jr. division prize will be given for the heaviest stringer of trout and will be awarded at the close of the derby. All tagged trout are worth cash or gifts.

 

An exciting feature of this year’s Trout Derby is the guaranteed boat give-away. One registration will be drawn to win a Bass Brat Boat  equipped with an aerated live well/ice chest, depth finder and troll motor. You must be at least 18 years of age & a registered participant of the 2011 Trout Derby to be eligible to win the boat. The boat giveaway is sponsored by Irwin Auto (Woodward OK), Dobrinski Chevrolet (Okeene, OK), and Watonga Medical Clinic.

 

SENIOR DIVISION AGE 18 AND OLDER

JUNIOR DIVISION AGE 17 AND YOUNGER

 

$100.00 in prize money each day for the largest trout caught in the Sr. Div.

$50.00 in prize money each day for the largest trout caught in the Jr. Div.

 

The heaviest single or stringer of trout do not have to be tagged, but only trout are eligible.

 

Fishing licenses are available at ALCO Discount Store, Hwy 8, Watonga or The Bait Shop, 217 E Russworm Dr., Watonga. All fishing must comply with Oklahoma State fishing laws.

 

The trout come from Crystal Lake Fisheries, Ava, Missouri. The successful participation of the public, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife trout stocking program at Lake Watonga, the Watonga Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Roman Nose State Park, gives the sportsman added incentive for trout fishing.

 

Roman Nose State Park is located 7 miles north of Watonga on Hwy 8A. Registration headquarters is located at the General Store on the lake. Cost of entering is $20.00 for Sr. Div. and $10.00 for Jr. Div. for three days. For more information call the Watonga Chamber of Commerce at 580-623-5452, fax 580-623-5428, visit www.watongachamber.com or email cwatonga@pldi.net .