Anglers haul in big trout and awards at the 2023 Lake McSwain Fall Trout Derby
October 6, 2023

The Fall Trout Derby at Lake McSwain last weekend included great weather and spectacular fishing.  Anglers pulled in some great trout and had plenty of fun doing so.

The tournament was managed through the smart phone app FishDonkey and more than 200 anglers participated. Prior to the derby, the lake was planted with 4,000 pounds of trout.

The Derby was held from 6 a.m. Saturday to noon on Sunday.

“This is always so popular with our anglers,” said MID Parks and Recreation Director Brooke Gutierrez. “We see families and friends up here enjoying the great weather and scenery and it just couldn’t be any better.”

The winners were:

Largest Trout and Stringer of 3 Trout: $2,000 + $2,000:

Anthony Marquez

Largest Trout – 20.75 inches 

Stringer of 3 – 20.75/18/17.5 inches 


Wild Card Trout: $500 

Nick Brocchini

16-inch trout 


Wild Card Kids Trout: Fishing Pole and Tackle Box prize sponsored by The Reel Deal Market and Café  

Josiah Millan

10.75-inch trout




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