Fishing Derby

It’s a fisherman’s dream come true. The oldest Bass Derby on the West Coast will once again be highlighted at the Rio Vista Bass Festival. Anglers can choose from several fishing contests on the same ticket:  Striped Bass, Sturgeon. Target lengths will be drawn at the start of the Derby early Friday morning for both Striped Bass and Sturgeon.

The recreational California ocean salmon fishery is CLOSED IN ALL REGIONS, therefore Salmon will not be included in the 2023 Rio Vista Bass Derby.

Please plan to fish one of our other categories, Striped Bass or Sturgeon for the Adult Derby and Striped Bass & Catfish for the Kids Derby.

Thank you for fishing our Derby!

This is a family event and young anglers up to age 15 are invited to pursue their dreams of landing a big bass or catfish. There are separate prizes for their achievements. Catfish can be any size and the fish with the top weight and length will be declared the winner. Kids under age 15 are excluded from Participating in the adult derby.


Awards will be presented at 4:00pm on Sunday, October 15, at the foot of Main Street, downtown Rio Vista.  All winners must be present to receive their prizes.

Prizes this year!

  • Striped Bass
    • 1st Place: $4,000
    • 2nd Place: $1,500
    • 3rd Place: $1,000
    • 4th – 8th Place: Fishing gear donated by local sponsors
    • Additional Prizes will be given out, donated by various sponsors
  • Sturgeon
    • 1st Place: $1,500
    • 2nd Place: $600
    • 3rd Place: $300
  • Kids’ Fishing Prizes (age 15 and younger):
    Striped Bass and Catfish:
    • 1st Place $100 Gift Card
    • 2nd Place $75 Gift Card
    • 3rd Place $50 Gift Card
    • Additional prizes donated by local sponsors

Winners must be present to win and are responsible for all state and federal taxes and registration, if applicable.
The Rio Vista Bass Derby reserves the right to substitute prizes if necessary and additional prizes may be available based on donations.
Salmon inclusion is dependent on water litigation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations.