The 32nd annual Clearlake Oaks - Glenhaven Catfish Derby concluded Sunday afternoon.

2015-adultJohn Fleenor
John Fleenor of Middletown won the adult division with a fish weighing 24.74 pounds.  John was awarded a $4,000 cash prize for his catch.  Bradley Hansen of Lower Lake won the kids division with a fish weighing 18.55 pounds.  Bradley was awarded an Apple iPad for his catch.

Over $10,000 in cash and merchandise was awarded to derby contestants.

A total of 823 adults and 146 kids registered for the event, a record turnout.  Sixty-nine percent of the contestants were from outside Lake County, with visitors from all over California, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Fishiing conditions were generally good with contestants bringing in fewer but larger fish than are usualy seen at the derby.  Contestants weighed 201 fish totaling over 3,000 pounds,  Of those, 161 were released and 40 kept by contestants.  Contestants caught and released many more smaller fish that were not brought in to be weighed.

 

 

2015-kidBradley HansenContestants reported fairly windy conditions and lower temperatures on Friday and Saturday, and brief rain Saturday afternoon.  But conditions improved nicely Saturday evening into Sunday.

More than 70 volunteers, led by derby Chair Gail Jonas, worked more than 700 hours during the four days of the tournament.

The catfish derby is the major fund raiser for the Clearlake Oaks - Glenhaven Business Association.

All proceeds are given back to the community in the form of donations, scholarships, grants and funding for the July 4th Maxine Sherman Memorial Annual Fireworks display.

Full derby results are at http://www.clearlakeoaks.org/derby/past-derby-results/53-2015-catfish-derby-results.