Fishing Derby

Event details

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

The 20th Annual Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls Kids’ Fishing Derby was held on May 13.

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).

This year we were fortunate to add two new sponsors; Kwik Trip of Menomonee Falls (donated $300 in gift cards) and Cops and Kids Foundation ($125 in door prizes). We were also fortunate to have Bobby Pintar of R B Enterprises, his son and members of his fishing organization join us to monitor and share their expertise with the participants.

If you have any suggestions to improve the event, let us know. Next year’s derby will be Saturday, May 12, 2018!


Photos by Don Gorzek

Fishing Derby Chair: Tom Walkner

Fishing Derby Co-chair: Tim Newman