The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake will be holding its 23rd annual Fish Derby on Saturday

and Sunday April 21 and 22. The fundraising benefit for the Nature Center (which will be turning 30 this

year) will be offering more than $5000 in cash prizes, plus thousands more in merchandise, with all

proceeds going towards furthering the Nature Center's day-to-day operations and outreach programs

including K-12 school field trips, kids and adult fishing workshops, living bat exhibit, Saving Wildlife,

Trout in the Classroom, Project FeederWatch, Food for Thought lecture series, and Creepy Creatures.

Founded by County Park Naturalist Neal Taylor in 1988, the volunteer-operated Nature Center's mission

is to encourage public understanding, enjoyment, and protection of Cachuma Lake, the upper Santa

Ynez River, and the San Rafael Mountain Range watershed.

The Fish Derby has been the central coast's premier fishing event for more than twenty years, and the

odds of winning this year are terrific, with 8,000 pounds of trout already planted, another 4,000 pounds

planned for the second week of March, and at least 2,000 pounds more coming right before the Fish

Derby! Adult registration $35 before April 7; $40 after and youth registration 4- 15 years are always $10!

Registration forms available at or Fish Derby Hotline at 805-693-8381.


  • Starting Saturday, April 21st, 2018, repeated every day until Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 am


Neal Taylor Nature Center

2265 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105