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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – In cooperation with the California Department of Fish and  Wildlife, the County of Santa Barbara, Parks Division welcomed the arrival of 4,000-pounds  of Rainbow Trout at Cachuma Lake. The fish were released on April 21, bringing the total  for this stocking season to 16,000-pounds. The fish range in size from half-pound  “catchables” to eight-pound trophies and come from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms, Inc., in  Paynes Creek, California.  

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This delivery is arriving right in time for the 25th Annual Fish Derby, happening this weekend  on April 23 and 24. The Fish Derby is a benefit for the Neal Taylor Nature Center, a 501(c)3  non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education, enjoyment, and protection of the  Cachuma Lake area. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the derby is  back in full force. Everyone has a chance to win great cash prizes, fishing gear, and more!  Participants can still register on-site Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24. In addition to  fishing, there will be many other family-friendly activities including guided Lake Cruises,  Children’s Activities, a Books & Treasures Sale, and Raffle. For more information, visit or call the Fish Derby Hotline at (805) 693-8381.  

Everything an angler needs is available for rent or purchase at the Cachuma Lake Marina  and Boat Rentals, which offers pontoons, outboards and kayak rentals, as well as one-day  and annual fishing licenses. Fishing from shore in the recreation area or from a boat is open  year-round with a valid fishing license.  

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Visitors are advised to check recreation area hours, and road and weather conditions in  advance. For up-to-date fishing tips and summaries, check out the Cachuma Lake Weekly  Fishing Report at For more information,  contact the marina at (805) 688-4040.  

For those who plan to bring their own boating vessels, please note that due to the 30-day  Quagga restrictions, boats must be inspected and tagged by Cachuma Lake staff at least  30 days prior to visiting. Kayaks, canoes, and simple boats are eligible for same-day launch.  For more information, please visit

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a full-service campground offering year-round cabin,  yurt, RV and tent camping, recreational activities, nature programs for all ages and of  course, rainbow trout fishing! For camping reservations and more information, go to


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