More than 600 people - about two thirds of them kids - attended the free event in which 2,000 pounds of trout from Mount Lassen Trout Farm were hooked, gutted and bagged.
"I think the derby is great because I caught two fish today," said Davy Carter, 8, at the face-painting booth. "I really want to come back next year."
The event included a special appearance by the Oakland Zoo Mobile, face painting, games, a live hawk exhibit, live fish exhibit, raffle prizes, goodie bags and free barbecued lunches.
The youth program began when Uril "Compy" Compomizzo witnessed his neighbor lose a child to drugs. Compy wanted to provide a rewarding hobby for children, and although he has passed away, the event continues in his memory.
"We are carrying out the mission in his name. He loved fishing, the sport and the children," said Chris Garcia, Vice President of the California Striped Bass Association's West Delta Chapter. "I am very pleased with today. For us to have a turnout of this size is amazing. The community just came together."
"This is a fabulous event for all the kids," said Tahirih Roa, CSBA member. "This is a great way for parents and children to spend special time together. They all walk away with a handful of stuff and a great day."
"I think a lot of kids don't get to do this on a regular basis," said Sherl Hargis while her grandson Canden Johnstone, 5, took a break from fishing. "I think they did a really great job."
Fishing equipment and other goods were donated by local businesses.