Welcome New Members
The HVL Fish & Game Club invites residents to join in the fun! You don’t have to fish to be a member. Some members are hunting enthusiasts or enjoy boating, golf, and other outdoor activities. Many of our meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of outdoor topics. The club takes a special interest in getting youth involved in outdoor activities. All of us care deeply about the lakes and natural environment, both here in HVL and elsewhere.
In addition to club business and social interaction, meetings include food, snacks and beverages – all for $30 a year. We hope to see many new faces!
Scroll down for Tournament Schedules and results. View the HVL Events Calendar.
Every year, the Fish and Game Club has been fortunate to be able to stock Lake Melody with large catfish making our kid’s fishing experience exciting.
This year, that stock of fish was not available. We will conitinue to monitor the availability of live fish stock and, if at all possible, we will reschedule the event.
From all of us in the Fish and Game Club, we apologize …..Nothing gives up greater pleasure than to see the kid’s faces at the Derby!
We will keep you posted.
Upcoming Fish and Game
2020 Scheduled Tournaments
HVL Fish and Game
2020 Tournament Rules
- HVL lake is off limits 2 hours prior to any tournament.
- Minimum length of bass March through June is 15”. Minimum length of bass July through November is 14”
- Bass failing to meet minimum length at weigh in will be disqualified. A courtesy measurement will be allowed. One pound will be deducted for each disqualified fish presented at weigh-in.
- All protests will be made to the tournament director(s). Tourney Directors will act on protest to obtain facts. Tournament director’s decision is final.
- No dead fish will be weighed in. Tourney Director’s decision on this is final. Keep adequate water in weigh bags.
- All boats must have functioning live wells. No stringers or baskets. In the event a participant’s live well fails during a tourney, he may ask another contestant to keep his fish in their live well.
- All boats must have a valid HVL sticker for the current year, and one person must be a member of the HVL Fish & Game Club. The other contestant can be a guest.
- All contestants must abide by all HVL rules for boating and fishing. Running and anchor lights must both be on at night.
- The tournament winner will be the contestant with the heaviest poundage of fish. If a tie occurs, first and second place money is split evenly. This will hold true for big bass money if there is a tie. In the event that less than 3 boats bring in keepers, first and second will split 3rd. place money. If only one boat weighs in keepers he will receive all moneys except for the portion held by the F&G Club.
- $20 entry fee per contestant in the tournament. No exceptions. $5 of the entry fee goes for Big bass money.
- Winning payout as follows: First place 50%, second place 33%, Third place 17%, fourth place $40. $40 or 10% of the entry fees will go to the club. Points are awarded as follows:1st-5, 2nd.4, 3rd. 3, 4th2, 5th 1, big bass 1 point. *Two day tournaments follow the two-day payout sheet.
- Entry fee for two day tournaments is $30 per person. No exceptions. $5 will go for big bass each day. Points for winning a 2-day tournament are: 1st7, 2nd. 6, 3rd. 5, 4th. 4, 5th 3.
- If no keeper fish are caught prize money will be donated to the F&G Club.
- No more than two fishermen allowed per boat with this exception: a 3rd. person may fish in the boat who is 15 or under by the start of the first tournament of the year.
- No trolling allowed.
- No live or natural baits allowed except pork baits. Live baits may be used in panfish tournaments.
- All live wells will be inspected prior to each tournament.
- The official starting and finishing times will be posted in the Echoes and on the F&G web page. All boats must be registered 15 minutes before the starting time. Boats arriving late will not be able to participate in that day’s event, unless the tournament director(s) is called ahead of time with a reason for the late arrival (emergency, etc.).
- A drawing will determine the order of take-off. Boats must follow lake light signals. No passing in idle zone.
- Each boat is a team; fishing is permitted from the boat only.
- Limit of four (4) fish per boat. No more than 4 keeper fish in the live well at one time. Violators will be disqualified. * Exception-Slot fish 9”-13” may be kept in live wells.
- Weigh-in will begin within 15 minutes of the end of the tournament. All fish will be measured and weighed in a designated weigh bag.
- No alcoholic beverages permitted during tournament hours. Violators will be disqualified.
Director of Communications: Jon Dutton
First Tuesday of each month – 7:30 p.m.
April through October at Upper Beach Shelter
November through March in HVL Community Room
Dues – $30/ year
Lake Enhancement Projects
Environmental improvements, such as Clean Up America Project
Support for HVL residents
Kids Fishing Derby
Fishing Tournaments (schedule below)
Seniors Weekday Tournaments (schedule below)
Sponsor of a Junior BASS Tournament
Assist Lakes & Parks Committee on Lake Management
Seasonal Fishing Tip of the Month
As the temperature starts to heat up, so does the water and the fishing. Early in the season, think shallow. The shallow water will heat up the fastest, drawing fish to these areas. Until the water really warms up, keep your presentation slow. If fishing for bass, try these baits; a jig, a crawfish imitating plastic, a jerkbait or a shallow running crankbait. If fishing for blue gill, try these under a bobber; redworm, nightcrawler or a cricket. If you need to stock up on any of these baits, try Wormie’s just down the road. Spring can be a great time to catch some nice size fish, they are actively feeding after winter and preparing to spawn.
Redworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, crickets, and minnows are all excellent baits for fishing in HVL. Panfish bass and catfish love them. We are fortunate to have Wormies Bait Shop just down the road. Many of these baits can even be found in your yard. Remember, don’t put your unused minnows in any of the lakes as you might be putting in an unwanted species.
Zebra Mussel Prevention
Keep Hidden Valley Lake free of invasive species.
Inspect – Thoroughly inspect your boat’s hull, drive unit, trim plates, trolling plates, prop guards, transducers, centerboards, rollers, axles, anchor, anchor rope and trailer. Scrape off and trash any suspected mussels, however small. Remove all water weeds hanging from the boat or trailer before leaving any water body. Aquatic vegetation can carry mussels.
Drain – Drain water from the motor, livewell, bilge and transom wells and any other water from your boat and equipment while on land before leaving any water body.
Dump – Trash leftover bait on land, away from water, before leaving any water body. Leftover live aquatic bait that has contacted infested waters should not be taken to uninfested waters.
Rinse – When you get home – before launching your boat into uninfested waters – thoroughly rinse and dry the hull, drive unit, livewells (and livewell pumping system), bilge, trailer, bait buckets, engine cooling system and other boat parts that got wet while in infested waters; use a hard spray from a garden hose.
Dry – Boats, motors and trailers should be allowed to dry thoroughly in the sun for at least five days before boating again.