Fishers cast their fishing poles into Lake Wilderness on April 27 to catch some trout during the Hooked On Fishing Derby. Photo by Kayse Angel

Fishers cast their fishing poles into Lake Wilderness on April 27 to catch some trout during the Hooked On Fishing Derby. Photo by Kayse Angel

The 2019 Hooked On Fishing Derby

The derby took place at Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley over the weekend

The “Hooked On Fishing” Trout Derby on Lake Wilderness took place over the weekend from Friday, April 26 to Saturday, April 27.

The event was put on by the Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Maple Valley Rotary and the city of Maple Valley.

The event included prizes, fishing, fish school for kids nine and under along with food for everyone.

This is the one time a year that the city allows people to camp at Lake Wilderness. Campers endured a rainy night that evening, but the sun came up the following morning, which made for some great fishing.

Emily Morgan holds her newly caught fish during the Lake Wilderness Hooked On Fishing Derby. Photo by Kayse Angel

Emily Morgan holds her newly caught fish during the Lake Wilderness Hooked On Fishing Derby. Photo by Kayse Angel

Kids from all around the area came to Lake Wilderness to fish at the Hooked On Fishing Derby. Abby Hong was able to catch a trout during this event on April 27. Photo by Kayse Angel

Kids from all around the area came to Lake Wilderness to fish at the Hooked On Fishing Derby. Abby Hong was able to catch a trout during this event on April 27. Photo by Kayse Angel

Brady Olson stands next to his fishing boat, excited as ever to go fishing on Lake Wilderness on April 27.

Brady Olson stands next to his fishing boat, excited as ever to go fishing on Lake Wilderness on April 27.

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