Fishing Derby

Event details

  • Saturday | May 7, 2022
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mill Pond Park Main & Grand Sts. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

Well, the 2021 Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls Kids Fishing Derby is in the books, and what a fantastic event it was! The fishing derby took place on the morning of Saturday, May 8th at the Mill Pond. The weather provided for a beautiful morning that was enjoyed by all who attended.

We had 124 kids who registered to fish, and with all of the family and friends who joined, many more enjoyed the event! The fish sure were biting that morning! 43 kids caught a total of 167 fish, and ONE FROG! There was a trophy presentation at the end and door prizes were handed out to the kids throughout the event.

photos by Jon Cline


Jerry Mislang did an excellent job emceeing the event using the sound equipment that Danny Shepherd provided! Sue Carney and I would like to thank each and everyone who helped make this event possible. A huge thank you goes out to Jerry Mislang, Danny Shepherd, Larry and Marcia Hebbring, Tom Walkner, Jon Cline, Ann Freudenthal, Fred Blanke, Kathy Matthiessen, Joanne Wanner, Kirsten Sperl, Kathie Jensen, Greg Mattson, Bob Wenzel, Annie Jurczyk and Steve, Stevie Mistele-Wildt, Larry Podolske, and Tim Newman. I apologize if I missed anyone, as there was so many who helped make this derby a success!

We would also like to thank our sponsors and others who contributed to the derby, including the entire Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls, The Village of Menomonee Falls, The Menomonee Falls Policy Department, The Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch who worked the concession stand that morning, RB Enterprises of Menomonee Falls, Krueger’s Entertainment Center, Kwik Trip on Main Street in Menomonee Falls, Cops and Kids Foundation, Sandy Spring Farm, The DNR, and Tru Turn. Again, I hope I didn’t miss anyone, as there are so many who make this event possible. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2022 Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls Kids Fishing Derby next May!


The event is truly a community event with the Village of Menomonee Falls supplying the permits for the event and money for stocking Mill Pond with fish; the Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch operating the concession stand; The Menomonee Falls Police Department supplying security and the public address system; the Wisconsin DNR and a local fish hatchery stocking trout, bluegills and bass in the pond and the Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls running the event.



Fishing Derby Chair: Sue Carney

Fishing Derby Co-chair: Dustin Koehler