Hooked On Fishing

"Hooked On Fishing" Opening Day Trout Derby on Lake Wilderness - 4th Saturday in April (April 27-28, 2018)

Congratulations to Jordan Bernstein on catching the biggest fish in the "Hooked on Fishing" Opening Day Trout Derby! His fish weighed in at 2lbs. 12.5oz. and was 18.5".  He received the grand prize of a beautifully carved fish lamp sculpted by local artist Bret Thompson.


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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 3pm on Friday afternoon with tent camping in Lake Wilderness Park. The fishing derby and Rotary breakfast begin at 12:01am (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 6am 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 3pm on Friday evening.

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 pm              Camping In The Park, BECU tent
All Trout Derby Tickets On Sale
5-9 pm Hot Dogs & Hamburgers on sale by Maple Valley Rotary
6-7 pm Fun & Games with Team Fred Meyer
7-8pm Big Fish Tales on the Beach - Story Time presented by THS Interact Club
Dusk Outdoor Movie "Finding Nemo" sponsored by Black Diamond Maple Valley Kiwanis Club
Midnight Tagged Fish Tickets Close

Saturday - April 28

12:01 am        Derby Starts
Maple Valley Rotary Breakfast until 11:30am
6:00 am 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 am $2 Tickets Sales Close
Derby ends must be in line for Weigh-In
NOON Awards sponsored by Les Schwab
3:00 pm Campground Closes: Park closes at dusk

Many thanks to our 2018 Sponsors:


Pictures tell the story!  Click on the links below to see pictures from the 2016 Hooked On Fishing Derby!

2016 Hooked On Fishing Photo Gallery

Fishing Derby Rules

There are 4 ways to win a prize with your $2 derby ticket; Must be present to win:

  1. "Top 50": Enter one of the 50 largest trout caught from the lake, (not the net pen fish school). Your fish must be weighed/measured at the official weigh station by noon. KEEP YOUR TICKET, you will select your "quality" top 50 prize in order (biggest fish first) at the end of the derby and surrender your ticket when you pick your prize.
  2. "Top 51-100": Fall in the 51-100 range? Same rules as Top 50 apply but you will select a prize from a special table prior to the unveiling of the Top 50.  KEEP YOUR TICKET and surrender it after you pick your prize.
  3. "Get It Now": Choose to not wait, and select from the "Get It Now” prize table. Also if/when your fish falls out of the "Top 100” group (as posted at derby headquarters) you should select your prize immediately from this table. All fish caught/entered from the Fish School Net Pen will receive their prize here. You must surrender your ticket when you receive your prize.
  4. "It’s Not Over Yet": All those who caught their fish in Lake Wilderness outside the net pen fish school, AND selected their prize from the "Get It Now” table may enter their derby ticket in this drawing for 5 additional "quality" prizes to be drawn at the end of the derby. Tickets must be deposited before 12:00 noon. ANY SIZE FISH CAN WIN!

The $5 Tagged Fish Ticket: Ticket must be purchased before midnight Friday, April 27, 2018. Tagged fish, if caught, must be accompanied by an official "tagged fish" derby ticket and verified by the derby chairman before 12:00 noon on April 28, 2018. Cash Prize for catching the tagged fish is $300.00.
Tagged Fish Tickets are on sale in early April at these locations:
  • Johnsons Home & Garden
  • Wilderness Auto Service & Chevron
  • BECU, Maple Valley Town Square
  • Chamber Office

Click here for the up-to-date Parking Information and Campsite Registration on our event calendar.

All Washington State Fishing Regulations Must Be Obeyed

Fire & Life Safety Tips

  • Do wear a life jacket or other flotation device when on or near the water.  (State law requires children ages 12 years and younger to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket or vest on vessels less than 19’ long.)
  • Do be aware of your fish hook and where it is at when you are casting
  • Do keep combustibles AWAY from open-flames and cooking & heating device
  • Do keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • Do have a first aid kit readily available
  • Do have a portable multi-purpose fire extinguisher readily available.
  • Don’t use unapproved or unlisted LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) devices, such as heaters.
  • Don’t use open-flames such as candles, lanterns, kerosene, or LPG devices (such as heaters and cooking devices) inside a confined space such as a tent.  Not only is this a fire hazard, it can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t store LPG or other liquefied fuel devices such as cooking stoves, heaters and lanterns inside of tents.
  • And remember camp fires are NOT ALLOWED in The Park.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will be at The Park for minor injuries only on Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.

DIAL 9-1-1 for Police, Fire, or Medical Emergencies
Lake Wilderness Park address is 22500 SE 248tth Street.

Good Luck & Be Safe

Please note:
  • All minors not participating in the derby are asked to leave The Park after midnight on Friday
  • Everyone Camping In The Park must register and obtain an event ID bracelet at the BECU tent.
  • All participants must exit Lake Wilderness Park at dusk on Saturday.
  • This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol allowed in The Park.
  • Know the rules and regulations!
  • Only electric motors on boats are allowed. Boats equipped with Internal combustion motors are prohibited.

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