5th Annual Independence Trout Fishing Derby Results

The Independence Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all visitors, friends and families who came and spent Father’s Day weekend with Dad.

Blind Bogey (Cash Prizes)

Adult Winners:
1st Place:Henry OhPalmdale
2nd Place:John SlaughterIndependence
3rd Place:Stephanie ThomasHuntington Beach
4th Place:Todd Kennedy
Kids Winners:
1st Place:Lucas MandicMoorpark
2nd Place:Elizabeth SlaughterIndependence
3rd Place:Jordan SlaughterIndependence
4th Place:Devin DoullMojave

Largest Fish Winners

ADULT:
7 lbs. 7 oz.
Jennifer SalisburyTrabuco Canyon
Kids:
5 lbs. 3 0z.
Julia SlaughterIndependence

Largest String of 5 Fish

ADULT:
19 lbs. 5 oz.
Alan BarnettVentura
Kids:
25 lbs. 12 oz.
Rayan SteagallLoomis

Special notes:

A Remembrance for Jerry Nolan of Cypress was held during the Derby. Jerry was a founder of the Annual Trout Derby, a great supporter of the event, and never met anyone who was not a friend.

He will be missed by the community of Independence and all the Derby fishing kids and grownups.

Jerry’s wife, Charmaine has been the “poster girl” for past derbies with her giant trout and a smile just as big.

Chad Hastings caught the only Brown Trout. It may have been small, but it was beautiful!

The Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery made many friends with the hot barbecued buffalo sandwiches and all the trimmings. The Independence Chamber of Commerce appreciates the support given to the Friends.

Thanks to our Business Sponsors
We hope you will continue to patronize the following businesses throughout the year that help sponsor the event:

Gardner’s True Value HardwareMairs’ Market & Deli
Dave’s Auto PartsIndependence Shell
Inyo Masonic Lodge 221F. & A.M.Independence Paiute Tribe
Valley Market & SubwayWailani Natural Pure Water Systems
Wal-Mart, RidgecrestWinnedumah Hotel
Big Pine Bristlecone MotelCourthouse Motel
Hendrix Bait & TacklePaiute Palace Casino
Ray’s Den MotelJoseph’s Bi-Rite Market, L.P.
McGee Creek Pack Station$1.00 Saving Store
Manzanar History AssociationPizza Factory, L.P.
Roger’s Tires 

Thanks to our 2006 Trout Derby Contributors

Charmaine NolanRich and Kathy White
Ralph and Flo DoullDan and Kelly Reade
Keith and Jane Bright 

Thanks to all the volunteers:

Ed and Lisa Mather, Nate Reade and Riannah Lummis for weighing-in fish.
Dan Reade for helping with sponsors, promotion and last minute details.
Lindsey McTevia for providing the weigh-in PA system.
Blue Ribbon Design Team for providing blue ribbons for all the kids.
Phil Ashworth, Arlene Grider and Sharon Clark for coordination and advertising.

Our special appreciation to:

  • Alpers Trout for their unique Trout Caps.
  • Alpine Signs for their great banners.
  • Sierra Scans and Norman Wilder, Jr. for the beautiful photo poster for the Jerry Nolan Remembrance.
  • Marty Strelnek (Western Outdoor News) and the The Inyo Register for their articles and coverage.
  • The Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • The great crew for stocking the fish.