20th Annual ‘Hooked On Fishing’ Opening Day Trout Derby

April 26-27 2024  |   on Lake Wilderness

Derby Details

The Greater Maple Valley – Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Maple Valley Rotary and the City of Maple Valley, presents the 20th annual celebration of their ‘Hooked On Fishing’ Derby Opening Day Trout Season on Lake Wilderness!

Rain or shine, the camping and check-in begins at 3pm on Friday afternoon with tent-only camping in Lake Wilderness Park. This is the only night of the year you are allowed to camp at Lake Wilderness Park!

What’s for dinner that night? Don’t you worry, Maple Valley Rotary will have BBQ meals from 5pm – 9pm Friday night for purchase.

Later in the evening there will be kid games (starting at 6pm), and stories told by the THS Interact Club on the beach with campfires.

The real fun begins at midnight when derby fishing officially begins! At the stroke of midnight a horn will blow, signaling the beginning of the season. Hooks start flying and the fishing

After a night of fishing, you may get pretty hungry. Maple Valley Rotary will start their pancake breakfast at 5:00am Saturday morning to get you refreshed and ready to fish again.

You have until 11:30am Saturday to get your biggest fish weighed in and entered in to get one of our top 100 prizes.

This is a fun event for whole family! We can’t wait to see you there!

This year’s tagged fish is named “HOPE” and is sponsored by Tina McDonough, Re/Max Select Real Estate.

If you purchase a tagged fish ticket (available at Johnsons Home & Garden and Wilderness Chevron and at the Derby) and catch “HOPE” during the Derby you will receive a $300 cash prize! Thanks to Tina McDonough, Re/Max Select Real Estate.

This is a great event for all ages!

2023 Maple Valley Fishing Derby Premier Glamping Camp Site

Bidding is officially closed for the 2024 Premier Glamping Site at the Fishing Derby.


Congratulations – The Winning Bid Goes to:
Phillip Boyd – Maple Valley WA
True Blue

All future bidding is closed for this year’s event.

Complete the short form below and submit your bid below

The winner of the Premier Fishing Derby Glamp Site will camp and fish off the coveted Lake Wilderness Peninsula during the Maple Valley “Hooked on Fishing” Derby. You’ll have this amazing site to yourself, and there will be a tent all set up waiting for you with two lawn chairs, a cooler of snacks and fishing equipment. All you need to bring is yourself, a fishing buddy and bedding!

Schedule of Events


3:00 PM
Camping In The Park; register at the BECU tent (Tent camping only! No RV’s)
All Trout Derby Tickets On Sale

5-9 PM
Rotary BBQ dinner items on sale

6-7 PM
Fun & Games for the kids

8 PM
Big Fish Tales – Rotary presents story time and campfire songs (on the beach)

Tagged Fish Ticket Sales Close
$2 Trout Derby tickets remain on sale until 11:30am Saturday


12:01 AM
Derby Starts

5:00 AM – NOON
Maple Valley Rotary Breakfast

6:30 AM – 10:30AM
Fish School at the Fish Pen sponsored by Around Town Home Services, 9 years and younger.

Free ‘Fins & Grins’ Photo Op sponsored by RE/MAX Select Real Estate – Tina and Cody McDonough

$2 Ticket Sales Close

End of Derby and you must be in line for weighing in

Awards ceremony

Thank You to our Derby “Big Fish” Title Sponsors:

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Thank You Derby Sponsors:

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Mt. Rainier is a fitting backdrop to our endless natural beauty, parks, trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. Situated within 30 minutes of Seattle and Tacoma, this fast-growing community is home to a well-educated and highly skilled workforce. Major area employers of Maple Valley residents include: Boeing, Amazon, Expedia, Adobe, REI, Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Nordstrom and Costco.

Fishing Derby Rules 2023
There are 3 ways to win in the $2 Derby: (Must be present to win)

1. “Top 50”
Enter one of the 50 largest trout caught from the lake, (not the net pen fish school). Your fish must be weighed/measured at the official weigh station by noon. KEEP YOUR TICKET, you will select your “quality” top 50 prize in order (biggest fish first) at the end of the derby and surrender your ticket when you pick your prize.

2. “Top 51-100”
Fall in the 51-100 range? You will select a prize from a special table prior to the unveiling of the Top 50 so KEEP YOUR TICKET and surrender it after you pick your prize.

3. “Get It Now”
Choose not to wait and select from the “Get It Now” prize table. Also, if/when your fish falls out of the “Top 100” group (as posted at derby headquarters) you should select your prize immediately from this table. All fish caught/entered from the Fish School Net Pen will receive their prize here. You must surrender your ticket when you receive your prize.

The $5 Tagged Fish Ticket: Ticket must be purchased before midnight Friday, April 21, 2023. Tagged fish, if caught, must be accompanied by an official “tagged fish” derby ticket and verified by the derby chairman before 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Rules and Regulations
• Persons age 15 or older are required to have a state freshwater fishing license.
• Vehicle use permits are required for vehicles in the WDFW boat launch area.
• Remember lifejackets (children 12 and under must wear a PFD)! All boating safety regulations apply.
• No internal combustion engines allowed on boats.
• All boats and trailers will be checked and must be free of milfoil.
• Each boat must have a light and audible signal.
• ‘Hooked On Fishing’ is a drug and alcohol free event. Any violations of law will be strictly enforced. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the park.
• Please dispose of trash in the litter receptacles.
• Limited overnight tent camping is available for Derby participants. All campers must register at the BECU tent. Setup begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023. No RV’s—tent camping only!
• Parking is limited. Event volunteers will be on hand at the boat launch to facilitate launching of the boats and give further directions on trailer parking.
• NO campsite campfires. (The City of Maple Valley will have burn barrels out along the park)

For more information visit: www.wdfw.wa.gov or call 360.902.2500

Species Rules: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife pamphlet, page 17: “No minimum size. Daily limit 5. When fishing with bait, all TROUT equal to or greater than the minimum size are counted as part of the daily limit, whether kept or released.”

Fire & Life Safety Tips
• Do wear a lifejacket or other flotation device when on or near the water. Washington State law requires children ages 12 years and younger to wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket or vest on vessels less than 19’ long.
• Do be aware of your fish hook and where it is at when you are casting
• Do keep combustibles AWAY from open-flames and cooking & heating devices
• Do keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
• Do have a first aid kit readily available.
• Do have a portable multi-purpose fire extinguisher readily available.
• Don’t use unapproved or unlisted LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) devices, such as heaters.
• Don’t use open-flames such as candles, lanterns, kerosene, or LPG devices (such as heaters and cooking devices) inside a confined space such as a tent. Not only is this a fire hazard, it can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Don’t store LPG or other liquefied fuel devices such as cooking stoves, heaters and lanterns inside of tents.

Puget Sound Fire & Maple Valley Police will be on-site during the Derby

Lake Wilderness Park address is at 22500 SE 248tth Street Maple Valley, WA 98038