Johnny “Limitless” Sanchez, of Vista, shows off his catch Saturday during the three-day Trout Derby at Dixon Lake. Photo by Tony Cagala
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A fish this big

ESCONDIDO — Anglers of every skill level tossed lures into the waters hoping to land the big one during the three-day trout derby competition at Escondido’s Lake Dixon Saturday. The derby started on Friday and goes through Sunday.

The lake was closed for two days prior to the start of the derby to maintain the trout stock in preparation for the 38th annual event. According to the city, 19 of the last 25 derbies have seen a grand prize winning Rainbow Trout come in at over 8 pounds.

Trout Derby contestants cast their lines from a boat into the water. Photo by Tony CagalaA young angler walks his catch back to the weigh station. Photo by Tony CagalaA fisherman among the reeds watches his line, waiting to catch a trout. Photo by Tony CagalaJohn Barranco of Wilson, Wy., gets his photo taken with his catch of the day. Photo by Tony CagalaA youngster casts his line into the water at Dixon Lake. Photo by Tony CagalaA young angler watches his line for any sign of a fish. Photo by Tony CagalaAnglers of all skill levels seek the big one during the annual Trout Derby at Dixon Lake. Photo by Tony CagalaAnglers line the shore of Dixon Lake during the 38th annual Trout Derby. Photo by Tony Cagala