Fishing Derby

Event details

  • Saturday | May 12, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Mill Pond Park Main & Grand Sts. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

The Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls will host the 2018 Kids Catch and Release Fishing Derby on Saturday May 12th, 2018 at the Mill Pond in downtown Menomonee Falls. The contest is free and is open to all boys and girls age three through 16 that reside or attend school in the Menomonee Falls area. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a chance to win a door prize. Trophies will be awarded to boys and girls in five age divisions for the longest fish and most fish caught during the contest.

Registration for the event will be from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the Mill Pond Shelter. The fishing contest will be from 10:00 am to Noon followed immediately by the presentation of trophies and door prizes. Bring your own fishing equipment. A limited supply of bait will be provided. Children under nine years old must be accompanied by an adult. 16 year olds must have a fishing license. Food will be sold during the event by the Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch.

Sponsors/Supporters include the Menomonee Falls Police Department, the Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch, the Village of Menomonee Falls, RB Enterprises, Pops Frozen Custard, Krueger’s Recreation Center, YoCool Frozen Yogurt, Sandy Spring Farm, Kwik Trip and the Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls.

Note: Because of a major construction project in the area parking may be restricted or limited. Please plan accordingly.



Photos by Don Gorzek

Although parking was restricted due to nearby construction, the weather did cooperate and the final totals for the 2017 Optimist Kids’ Fishing Derby showed 159 kids ages two to 16 participated in the event. Ten trophies, 100+ containers of bait supplied by R.B. Enterprises, 159 games of bowling from Krueger’s Entertainment Center, 159 tee-shirts, 159 certificates for frozen yogurt furnished by Yo-Cool Frozen Yogurt and 136 door prizes were given away. The crowd was estimated at 350 to include the participants, parents, grandparents, friends, etc.

Fifty-six (56) of the participants caught a total of 112 fish that included bluegills, bullheads, trout, largemouth bass, crappies and suckers. The largest fish caught was a 17 ½ sucker caught by ten year old Harrison Leurquin and six year old Livy Janoska caught the most fish, 12 (ten bluegills and two bass).


Fishing Derby Chair: Tom Walkner

Fishing Derby Co-chair: Tim Newman