Irvine Lake Trout Opener

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Someone will Win a Boat, Motor & Trailer at Irvine Lake Trout Opener

One lucky contestant on April 20, 2013 at the So Cal Trout Opener at Irvine Lake will win the $10,000 grand raffle prize of a Klamath boat and Mercury motor just by entering!!!!

Klamath boat Mercury Outboard

Great odds! Someone who signs up and is present at the awards ceremony will win a Klamath boat and trailer with a Mercury outboard motor, which retails for around $10,000.00.

CLICK HERE to enter the tournament, itinerary and rules.

Last year's Western Outdoor News annual Irvine Lake - Southern California Trout Opener (SCTO), was again a huge success with more than 700 anglers competing for trophies and prizes, and getting in on the huge raffle for the grande raffle boat and motor package. Irvine Lake and Western Outdoor News are doing it again, so hurry up and get signed up. Only the first 600 anglers will receive the complete goody bag, so be sure to get signed up now!

The price is $50 for adults and $35 for junior anglers. The price includes your regular gate pass into Irvine Lake, and entry into the all new "Blind Bogey" payouts, which may total up to $3,000 with our usual attendance of over 600 anglers.

The SCTO will feature hundreds of tagged fish planted in Irvine Lake and thousands in prizes. Participants who catch a tagged fish will be eligible for various sponsor-generated prizes ranging from rods, reels, tackle boxes and much more. This is the perfect opportunity to get your family and friends out of the house and back into the outdoors. The So Cal Trout Opener is the perfect time to tune up your angling skills and tackle, prior to heading up to the trout opener in the Sierras this season.


Additionally, the Southern California Trout Opener will feature five big fish prizes to be awarded in each of three categories including Adult Male, Adult Female, Juniors division (11 years or younger). Add the special big fish prizes and other great gift packages being generated by our sponsors and you have the makings of what is sure to become the biggest trout event in Southern California.

If you have any questions regarding this event, call WON event coordinator Lori at (949) 366-0030, ext. 26.

Space is limited and this event could sell out quickly. We strongly suggest you act quickly to reserve your spot in the WON SoCal Trout Opener at Irvine Lake. For Camping or launching information, please contact the Irvine Lake staff for reservations at (714) 649-9111.

Sign up a.s.a.p. you’re not going to want to miss this one!

There will be tons of tagged fish prizes, and of course, overall big fish awards and trophies presented to the top five big fish caught in each of three categories: Adult Male, Adult Female, and Juniors.

The Irvine Lake SCTO is open to anglers of all ages and is formatted as an event that is geared towards fun for the entire family. While catching is key, it is not necessary to win, as the grand prize giveaway package is available to anyone that enters. Irvine Lake has scheduled stockings prior to this event, so your chances of catching a tournament winner are dramatically increased.

In terms of the cost of entering the event, we're keeping the entry fees affordable for all. Adult entry will run $50, while entry fees for junior anglers 11 years and younger will run $35. Best of all, this includes your Irvine Lake gate fee for the day — a $24 value! Your entry also includes your shot at hundreds of tagged fish prizes, raffle prizes, and the grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the event.
Spots are filling up fast, so get your entry in as soon as possible and be part of So Cal’s biggest and best trout fishing tournament.

For more information, or to enter the April 9 SCTO, contact Tournament Director Bill Egan at (949) 366-0030, ext. 40,; or Tournament Coordinator Lori at (949) 366-0030, ext, 26,

First 600 SCTO anglers to receive sweet goodie bags!

Free goodie bags are arguably one of the most appealing aspects of any WON freshwater event, and this year’s SCTO bags are some of the best we’ve ever had.

The first 600 registered anglers will receive goodie bags.



Every Panther Martin Lure package that you drop into the on-site bin

represents a chance to win this boat. One Panther Martin will be included in the goodie bags of the first 600 anglers to sign up, but you can purchase additional lures at local retailers like Sport Chalet and enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU LIKE. The more lure cards you drop in the on-site bin, the better your chances of winning!  

Non-boaters, reserve your rental boat now; boaters, get your rig in the water the night before

With the lake at full pool, there’s less shoreline to fish, so boaters may have an advantage this year

The Western Outdoor News Irvine Lake Southern California Trout Opener (SCTO) will be here before you know it — Saturday, April 14th — and all participating anglers are encouraged to make their boat reservations a.s.a.p., as spots are filling up fast.

The SCTO marks one of the few occasions Irvine Lake allows pre-reservations for boat rentals, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. This tournament will be packed and all boats will be rented, so don’t be left out the day of the event — reserve your motorboat or pontoon now.

And for those opting to launch their own rig, Irvine Lake will also be offering boat slips so SCTO anglers can drop their rig in the water the night before and avoid the crowds and long lines on Saturday morning. And for only 10 bucks for the slip rental, it’s a no-brainer.

For more information, or to reserve your rental boat for the upcoming SCTO, call Irvine Lake at (714) 649-9111.

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