In cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Santa Barbara County Parks Division welcomed the arrival of 4,000 pounds of rainbow trout at Cachuma Lake. The fish were released April 21, bringing the total for this stocking season to 16,000 pounds.

The trout that range in size from half-pound “catchables” to 8-pound trophies, come from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms, Inc., in Paynes Creek, California.

The latest delivery has arrived just in time for the 25th Annual Fish Derby, April 23-24. The Fish Derby is a benefit for the Neal Taylor Nature Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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 Fish Derby is back in full force. Everyone has a chance to win cash prizes, fishing gear, and more. Participants can still register on-site Friday, April 22-Sunday, April 24.

In addition to fishing, other family-friendly activities will include guided lake cruises, children’s activities, a Books & Treasures Sale, and raffle. For more information, visit or call the Fish Derby Hotline, 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.

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.

Those who plan to bring their own boating vessels should 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 visit

For camping reservations and more information about Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, visit