The 31st annual Georgian Triangle Spring Trout Derby began Friday morning at one minute after midnight.
The 2011 event conducted by the Georgian Triangle Anglers Association runs to Saturday May 7th at 12 PM.
Derby Media Chair Rick Baldry is excited about the event which offers more than five thousand dollars in prize money, plus the opportunity for one lucky angler to win a one thousand dollar cash prize in the " mystery weight " category.
Baldry says the competition and enjoyment of sport fishing along the Georgian Triangle Shoreline should be high this year.
Using last Fall as a gauge, Baldry says the number of fish caught and the return of fish released by the club into Georgian Bay and area waterways was the highest in recent memory.
Baldry says the derby helps to fund many initiatives in the club including their hatchery operation and stocking programs.
A variety of lakes and ponds in Grey and Bruce, along with Simcoe County, will be stocked with up to 15 hundred speckled trout from the club.
These speckled trout will measure more than half a foot and potentially grow in numbers and weight in their new location.