“Hooked On Fishing” Opening Day Trout Derby on Lake Wilderness – April 27-28, 2018

Fishing Derby
Fishing Derby

The Greater Maple Valley – Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Maple Valley Rotary and the City of Maple Valley, presents the 16th annual celebration of “Hooked On Fishing” Opening Day Trout Season on Lake Wilderness! The fun begins at 3p.m. on Friday afternoon with tent camping in Lake Wilderness Park. The fishing derby and Rotary breakfast begin at 12:01a.m. (MIDNIGHT – that’s right!) concluding at noon on Saturday.

The event includes the trout derby with prizes for almost everyone (derby ticket $2) and the tagged fish derby ($5 ticket must be purchased prior to midnight on Friday). Fish school for young anglers 9 and under opens at 6a.m. on the dock. Maple Valley Rotary also fires up the grill for hamburgers and hot dogs at 5pm Friday night.

For this once a year event, the City is allowing limited overnight tent camping in The Park for derby participants only. (NO RV’s -parking is limited to one space per participant! Additional boat trailer parking will be available at the Maple Valley Community Center) Campers will be able to register and set up campsites beginning at 3p.m. on Friday evening.

Please note that Derby Headquarters/Weigh Station/Rotary Food Stand/Camping Registration will be in a different location due to construction on new Beach House. 

Tagged Fish Ticket sales begin in early April at these selected locations:

  • BECU in the Maple Valley Town Square
  • Johnsons Home & Garden
  • Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce
  • Wilderness Auto Service & Chevron in Wilderness Village



Friday -April 27

3 p.m. Camping In The Park, BECU tent
All Trout Derby Tickets On Sale
5-9 p.m. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers on sale by Maple Valley Rotary
6 – 7 p.m. Fun & Games with Team Fred Meyer
Big Fish Tales (join THS Interact Club on the beach for story time 7-8 p.m. and some campfire songs – Kids
will receive a free book to take home)
Dusk Outdoor Movie “Finding Nemo” sponsored by Black Diamond Maple Valley Kiwanis Club
MidnightTagged Fish Tickets Close

Saturday – April 28

12:01 a.m. Derby Starts
Maple Valley Rotary Breakfast until 11:30 a.m.
6 a.m. Fish School at the Fish Pen Opens, 9 yrs., and under – sponsored by Maple Valley Vision Clinic
Free ‘Fins & Grins’ photo Op sponsored by RE/Max Select Real Estate – Tina McDonough & Cody McDonough
11:30 a.m. $2 Tickets Sales Close
Derby ends must be in line for Weigh-In
Noon – Awards sponsored by Les Schwab
3 p.m. Campground Closes: Park closes at dusk