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Brite Lake Fishing Derby is on Saturday, April 19

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Fishermen lined the shore of Brite Lake during the 2013 fishing derby sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District. This year's derby will be held Saturday, April 19, with a much higher water level due to water being stored to meet the needs of farmers in the coming irrigation season. File photo by Nick Smirnoff

The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will host its annual Fishing Derby at Brite Lake, located at 22902 Banducci Road, on Saturday, April 19.

LeAnn Williams, recreation supervisor for the district, said the lake has been stocked with two truckfulls of Rainbow Trout.

"The lake is full, full, full, not only with water, but with fish as well."

Attendees will find that the lake is extra full of water as the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District has been using it to store water so it will be available for farming throughout the coming irrigation season. Some areas normally accessible by vehicle have been roped off because of the high water level.

The fishing derby opens at 7 a.m., with the weigh-in to commence at 1:01 p.m.

According to Williams, prizes to be awarded will total $1,000, with tagged fish up to $500.

All participants 16 years of age and older must have a valid California Sport Fishing License in their possession. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a license to participate.

The cost for the derby is $15 for adults, $10 for children.

The Brite Valley Lake Aquatic Recreation Area is owned by the water district and operated by recreation and parks district. Brite Lake is also known as Jacobsen Reservoir in honor of Jake Jacobsen, a long-time member of the water district board who helped bring State Water Project water to Tehachapi.

The lake offers year-round recreation including camping, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, as well as other regional events.

The park offers both RV campground hook-ups and tent sites, as well as restrooms with showers. Picnic pavilions, fish cleaning stations and a dock are also available.

Because Brite Lake is an important water supply source for the greater Tehachapi area, swimming and wading is prohibited.

Sponsors of the upcoming derby include RST Cranes, Bank of the Sierra, Airstreams Renewables, Kmart, Amaysing Fish Bait & Tackle of Lancaster, Solar City and Albertsons.

Reservations for campsites for the derby only can be made by calling 822-3228. All other overnight camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are not accepted.

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