Youth Fishing Derbies

Kids Fishing Derbies Northeast Ohio

There are quite a few fishing derbies taking place across Northeast Ohio during the spring and summer months. The events give children the opportunity to learn how to fish and join in a friendly competition for a chance to win prizes.

So dust off your rods and reels, grab a bucket of bait and head out to one of these events. Note that many require preregistration.

Upcoming Fishing Events for Kids

Note: Some of the dates are still TBD because this years information has not been published yet. They will be updated as soon as information become available. If you have details on any of these events or know of any other fishing events for kids, please submit the details or email me and I’ll add it to the list.

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April 2015


Youth Fishing Tournament at Punderson State Park
Join us at the marina for our annual fishing tournament for Kids ages 5 to 15. Prizes and lunch provided. Pre-registration required! {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015; 8am-12pm
Where: Geauga County – Punderson State Park, 11755 Kinsman Rd., Newbury, OH 44065

FREE Trout Derby at Little Turtle Pond
Anglers 15 and younger each receive a $1 cash prize if they catch a tagged fish. Bring fishing gear. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the derby. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015; 9am-2pm
Where: Summit County – Little Turtle Pond, 2400 Harrington Rd., Akron, OH 44319

FREE Family Fishing Derby at Buffalo Creek Retreat
All ages welcome. Part of the Medina County Earth Day Festival. Families can register and fish between 11am-3pm. Prizes will be awarded to registered families. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 18, 2015; 11am-3pm
Where: Medina County Park District – Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Rd., Seville, OH 44273

Fantastic Fishing at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Learn fishing basics as we try to catch bluegill and largemouth bass. Equipment and bait provided or you may bring your own. Program designed for individuals with disabilities. {Find Out More}
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015; 6pm-7pm
Where: Lake Metroparks – Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
Cost: $5 first person, $3 each additional sibling

FREE Youth Fishing Derby at River Styx Park
Ages 15 and under are invited to participate. Enjoy catching fish and winning prizes. Bring your own fishing pole and bait. No registration required. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015; 8am-10:30am
Where: Medina County Park District – River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Rd., Wadsworth, OH 44281

FREE Jack Cullen Memorial Trout Derby
This fishing derby for children ages 4 to 15 takes place at the Lock 4 Trailhead. Bait, beverages, and food will be for sale. Bring your own pole. Door prizes and trophies provided. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015; 8am-11am
Where: Stark Parks – Lock 4 Trailhead, 6600 Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614

May 2015


FREE Spring Trout Derby at Boettler Park
This event is for children 12 and younger (with their parents or grandparents). Please bring your own fishing pole and bait. This event is rain or shine (as long as it is not storming). Pre-registration required. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015; 9am
Where: Medina County – Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Rd., North Canton, OH 44720

FREE Optimist Club of Brunswick’s Annual Fishing Derby at North Park
For children ages 16 and unnder. Fishing, food & prizes. Pre-registration required at the Brunswick Recreation Center. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015; 8:30am-10:30am
Where: North Park, 3595 Grafton Road, Brunswick, OH 44212

FREE Trout Derby in Wooster
Ages 1-15, please bring a fishing pole and bait {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015; 1pm-4pm
Where: Freedlander Park
Cost: FREE

FREE Fishing Derby in Stow
Come out to Stow’s own lake that has been stocked with trout and give the sport of fishing a try! Ages 3 to 15 years. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015; 8:30-noon
Where: Heritage Lake at Silver Springs Park – 5238 Young Rd Stow, OH 44224
Cost: FREE

FREE Hooked On Fishing at Jackson Township North Park
Ages 15 and under are invited to participate in this fun and exciting event. Children should bring their own poles n’ bait and try to catch one of the many fish stocked especially for this event. Registration is required no later than Friday, May 8. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015; 8am-11am
Where: Stark County – North Park, 7660 Fulton Dr. NW, Massillon, OH 44646

FREE Richard Fry Memorial Catfish Derby
This fishing derby for children ages 4 to 15 takes place at Petros Lake Park.. Bait, beverages, and food will be for sale. Bring your own pole. Door prizes and trophies provided. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015; 8am-11am
Where: Stark Parks – Lock 4 Trailhead, 6600 Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614

Fishing Derby at South Central Park
Join in a fun filled morning of fishing. Bring your own bait and fishing rod. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015; 8am-12pm
Where: Lorain County – South Central Park, North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Cost: Requested donation of $5 for the children’s burn unit.

Arnie’s Anglers Kids Fishing Derby at Hidden Lake
Awards for the five longest fish caught in three age categories. Bait provided. Bring your own fishing pole. All participants MUST be pre-registered. Registration WILL NOT be accepted the day of the event. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015; 9am-11am
Where: Lake County – Lake Metroparks: Hidden Lake, 7024 Kniffen Road, Leroy Township, OH 44077
Cost: $5 per child

FREE Streetsboro Fishing Derby at Thomas Heritage Park
Awards will be given for various categories to those children 17 years and younger. Bring your own fishing gear. Participants must pre-register at the Parks and Recreation Department. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015; 8:30am-10:30am
Where: Portage County – Thomas Heritage Park, Route 303, Streetsboro, OH 44241

FREE Children’s Fishing Derbies at Cleveland Metroparks – Wallace Lake Kids can reel in big fun at the annual Cleveland Metroparks Children’s Fishing Derbies. There will be two sessions: Children (ages 4-8) fish from 9am-noon, and Youth (ages 9-15) fish from 1pm-4pm. {Find Out More}
Cuyahoga County
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015; 9am-12pm (ages 4-8), 1-4pm (ages 9-15)
Where: Cleveland Metroparks – Wallace Lake on Mill Stream Run Reservation

Westlake Recreation Center’s Fishing Derby
Enjoy a morning of fishing in the Westlake Recreation Center’s Lake. Please bring your own equipment. Parent/guardian is required, however there is no cost for the parent. Bait (while supplies last) and prizes will be provided. Must pre-register. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015; 9am-noon
Where: Cuyahoga County – Westlake Recreation Center’s Lake, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145
Cost: $10 per child

FREE Kid’s Fishing Derby at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Kids can reel in big fun at the annual Cleveland Metroparks Children’s Fishing Derbies. There will be two sessions: Children (ages 4-8) fish from 9am-noon, and Youth (ages 9-15) fish from 1pm-4pm. {Find Out More}
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015; 9am-12pm (ages 4-8), 1-4pm (ages 9-15)
Where: Cuyahoga County – Cleveland Metroparks: Ohio Erie & Canal Reservation, 4524 E 49th St., Cleveland, OH 44105

Family Fishing Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Learn about the basics at the Center: equipment, how to cast, where to fish and what kind of fish you’ll catch. Then head to Lake Erie to throw your line in the water. All equipment provided. {Find Out More}
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015; 9am-12pm
Where: Lake County – Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140
Cost: $7 per person

Fantastic Fishing with Lake Metroparks
Learn fishing basics as we try to catch bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass. Equipment and bait provided or you may bring your own. Program designed for individuals with disabilities. {Find Out More}
When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015; 6pm-7pm
Where: Lake Metroparks – Hidden Lake, 7024 Kniffen Rd., Leroy Township, OH 44077
Cost: $5 first child, $3 each additional sibling

Portage Lakes Bass Masters Club Fishing Derby {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Where: Summit County – District 3 Ponds

7th Annual Spring Fair & Children’s Fishing Derby at P. Graham Dunn {Find Out More}
Part of the annual Spring Fair. Awards will be presented following the derby at 12:15pm. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015; 8am-12:30pm (The Spring Fair takes place Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2015 from 9am-5pm)
Where: Wayne County – P. Graham Dunn, 630 Henry St., Dalton, OH 44618
Cost: $1 per child

June 2015


FREE “Pep” Tamargo Memorial Fishing Derby at Sippo Lake Park
Ages 4-15. Pre-registration required {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Where: Stark County – Sippo Lake Park and Marina, 5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton, OH 44708

Fishing Derby at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora
Trophies, raffle prizes, refreshments and fun! Limited bait will be provided. Registration fee. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015; 8am-1pm
Where: Portage County – Sunny Lake Park, Aurora, OH 44202

FREE Fishing Derby at Quail Hollow State Park
Youngsters age 15 and under accompanied by an adult are invited to enjoy a morning of fun and prizes. Bait will be provided. Fishing rods are available for those who do not have their own. Meet at the Shady Lane pond. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015; 9am-12pm
Where: Stark County – Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville, OH 44632

Jim Venditti Memorial Kids Fishing Derby
Age group 15 and under. The pond is stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and other fish. Come down early to the pond and pick a spot. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9am-12pm
Where: Lake County – Painesville Recreation Division, 54 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH 44077

Avon Lions Annual Fishing Derby
The Avon Lions annual fishing derby for kids will once again take place at Northgate Park. Sign-ups will begin at 7:30am, and the fishing derby will start at 8am. There is no fee to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole. Lion volunteers will be on hand to assist and measure fish. They will also provide bait for your hooks and a continental breakfast with drinks. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015; 7:30am-10am
Where: Lorain County – Northgate Park, 2155 Eaton Dr., Avon, OH 44011

Annual North Canton Mayor’s Fishing Rodeo
This event is open to Children ages 2 to 12 who live in the North Canton School District. Registration at Price Park: 8am-9am, Fishing Competition: 9am-10:30am {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015; 8am-11am
Where: Stark County – Price Park, 1000 West Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720

FREE Hooked on Fishing at Mill Creek Metroparks Farm
The MetroParks Police are hosting this free program to teach children about the sport of fishing. All ages welcome. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015; 10am-2pm
Where: Mahoning County – 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH 44406

FREE Cooks Lagoon Children & Senior Fishing Derby
This fishing derby, for children ages 4-15 and seniors 65 and over, takes place at Cook’s Lagoon Park in Canton. Bait, beverages, and food will be for sale. Bring your own pole. Prizes and trophies provided {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015; 8am-11am
Where: Stark County – Cook’s Lagoon Park, 1800 Block of Mahoning Rd. NE, Canton, OH 44705

July 2015


New Philadelphia First Town Days: Fishing Derby at Tuscora Park Lake {Find Out More}
“Family Day” is always a fun day for all, especially the children, with the fishing derby, frog jumping, turtle races and big wheel races.
When: Friday, July 3, 2015; 8am (Registration begins at 7:30am)
Where: Tuscarawas County – Tuscora Park Lake, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

July Night Fishing Derby at Sippo Lake Park
Registration begins at 5pm with fishing from 6pm-11pm for this night derby. Participants 16 years and older must show valid Ohio fishing license at registration. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Food and bait available at the Sippo Marina. Prizes will be awarded at 11pm. Winners must be present at 11pm to receive cash prizes. {Find Out More}
When: Friday, July 10, 2015; 5pm-11pm
Where: Stark County – Sippo Lake Park and Marina, 5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Cost: $5 entry fee

FREE Doan Brook Annual Family Fishing Day
Family members of all ages will learn how to cast, tie knots and fish for bluegill, bass, catfish (and prizes) in the specially stocked lagoon with provided bait and tackle. Fishing equipment will be provided to children who do not have their own and a free hot dog lunch, reusable aluminum water bottles, and water will be provided. Registration Required. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015; 9am-1pm
Where:Rockefeller Park Lagoon is located near the intersection of MLK Dr. and East 105th St. in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood
Cost: FREE

August 2015


FREE Sandy & Beaver Canal Fishing Derby
This derby, for children ages 4-15, takes place at Whitacre Green Park in Waynesburg. Bait will be provided. Beverages and food will be for sale. Bring your own pole. Registration begins at 8am. Fishing to start at 9am and run until 11am. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015; 8am-11am
Where: Stark County – Whitacre Greer Park, 4290 Irish Rd. NW, Waynesburg, OH 44688

August Night Fishing Derby at Sippo Lake Park {Find Out More}
Registration begins at 5pm with fishing from 6pm-11pm for this night derby. Participants 16 years and older must show valid Ohio fishing license at registration. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Food and bait available at the Sippo Marina. Prizes will be awarded at 11pm. Winners must be present at 11pm to receive cash prizes. {Find Out More}
When: Friday, August 21, 2015; 5pm-11pm
Where: Stark County – Sippo Lake Park and Marina, 5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton, OH 44708
Cost: $5 entry fee

September 2015


Bob Meister Special Needs Kids Fishing Derby
(Ages 4-18) Sponsored by Stark Parks and the Berkley Fishing Team, this derby will take place on the accessible Sherban Fishing Pier and the shoreline at Sippo Lake. Reservations are required at Stark Parks or at (330) 409-8096. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Where: Stark County – Sippo Lake Park, 5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton, OH 44708

Youth Fishing Derby at Avon Lake The Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center will be filled with a new breed of swimmer as fish take to waters, and fisherkids take to the pool deck. Youthful anglers age 5-12 can register to try their hand at catching one, or more, of these freshwater beauties. A working rod & reel with at least 50′ of line and hooks are necessary, as well as a cooler or creel for the big catch. Additional fishing tackle is optional. Bait will be provided. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife will be on-site to present fishing instruction. Fish filleting service will be available on site, and the Pool’s Concession will be open for business. {Find Out More}
When: TBA (This event typically takes place in late September.); Sign up for a time slot: 9am-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1pm-2:30pm
Where: Lorain County – Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center, 32850 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012
Cost: $5 per participant

October 2015


Fall Festival & Fishing Derby at P. Graham Dunn FREE family activities including hayrides and inflatables. The fishing derby will take place at the P. Graham Dunn pond and will start at 8am. Children must register upon arrival in order to participate. Awards will be presented following the derby at 12:15pm. {Find Out More}
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015; 8am-12:30pm
Where: Wayne County – P. Graham Dunn pond, 630 Henry Street, Dalton, OH 44618
Cost: $1 per child

Good Luck!

If you know of any other fishing events for kids, please submit the details or email me and I’ll add it to the list.

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Comments

  1. says

    5TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY FAMILY FISHING DAY (CUYAHOGA COUNTY)

    FREE Fishing rods & bait. Prizes awarded. Take your catch home.

    JUNE 28, 2014

    Location: Wade Lagoon, at Rockefeller Park Cleveland
    Open: 8:30AM to 3:00PM
    Contact Person: FISHERMAN BOB 216-780-0010

    Sponsors: Larchmere Community Association (LCA), Shaker Square Area Development (SHAD), Councilwoman Mamie J. Mitchell (Ward 6 Cleveland) ODNR Div. of Wildlife Restoration Project, RCK LLC, Passion For Fishing, Inc. (P4F)

    • Find Time for Fun says

      Hey David,

      Most of the events in the list are during the month of May. Were you looking for a specific county in NE Ohio that isn’t listed?

      Danielle

    • Find Time for Fun says

      Brenda,

      The first two events on the list are this Saturday. One in Medina County and one in Stark County. Hope that helps!

      Take Care,

      Danielle

  2. Darin says

    Also, per Ohio DNR’s website, there is free fishing for all Ohio residents this weekend, May 5th & 6th.

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