Chambersburg Noontime Lions are casting their lines in preparation for the 15th Annual Trout Derby, scheduled for May 5 and 6. This year, 2,000 fish will be released into the Conococheague Creek at various locations around Chambersburg, 600 of which are tagged for registered tournament fishermen to win prizes. Eighteen giant trout (18” or larger) will be released into the streams.
Planning began as early as December for this year’s event, and sponsors are being sought to name prize fish for their businesses. More than $20,000 in prizes are awarded each year through this event, bringing fishermen from all over the region to Chambersburg. Corporate sponsors include: M&T Bank, Waste Management, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Office Suppliers, Dilly’s and Forrester Lincoln. The fisherman will spread throughout the stream from Scotland and Red Bridge, to Wilson College and the King Street Bridge.
The first Trout Derby was organized in 1996, the brainstorm of Lion, Ed Heckman. In the first year, moer than 300 fishermen participated, and Trout Derby became the hallmark event for Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club. The event provides funding support for programs all over the community like Salvation Army, United Way, YMCA, as well as to provide for sight conservation through Lions. In the past 15 years, the event has grown to accommodate well more than 1,000 fishermen, many of which come from several states away to participate. Chambersburg Noontime Lions have been able to raise more than $235,000 for community projects from funds raised through past Trout Derby events. After this year’s event, the Lions will have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars through 15 years of Trout Derby.
Angers will be able to register for a chance to win a Forrester Lincoln during the contest, as well as other great prizes through the various events of the Derby. Registrations will be available by mail and the TroutDerby.com website during the weeks leading to the event, and last minute registrations will be taken Friday night before the Derby at the check-in station in the parking lot below CVS on Washington Street. Registration forms are also available throughout the community at locations like Sportsman’s Liquidation Outlet, Gander Mountain and Wal-Mart, M&T Bank, Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Allegany Optical, Office Suppliers and United Way.
Visit TroutDerby.com to register or get more information, or visit the Chambersburg Trout Derby on Facebook.