Fishing Derby

Event details

  • Saturday | May 11, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Mill Pond Park Main & Grand Sts. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

Special Thanks to Larry Hebbring, Fred Rambert, Kirsten Sperl, Lance Newman, Ann Freudenthal and Fred Blanke, Kathie Jensen, Bob Wenzel, Jim Lowe, Larry Podolske, Carl Trapp, Donna Bosch, Jon Cline, Don Gorzek, Moira Paulus and Kathy Walkner for donating their time, talent and enthusiasm to the 2018 Optimist Clubs Kids’ Fishing Derby. This was the 21st year the Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls has sponsored the event.

Despite the lack of parking, the week-long threat of rain and fish reluctant to bite, the derby was a tremendous success!! The final totals showed 104 kids ages two to 16 participated in the event. 10 trophies, 80+ containers of bait supplied by R.B. Enterprises, 104 games of bowling from Krueger’s Entertainment Center, 104 tee-shirts, 104 sample packs of fishing hooks, 104 DNR packs of fish identification cards and 95 door prizes were given away. The crowd was estimated at 200-250 to include the participants, parents, grandparents, friends, etc. The Falls Neighborhood Watch ran the concession stand during the event.

Twenty-three (23) of the participants caught a total of 52 fish that included bluegills, trout, largemouth bass, and suckers. The largest fish caught was an 18″ sucker caught by ten year old Christian Wardinski and 13 year old Jessica Fellows caught the most fish, seven bluegills.

This year we were fortunate to have several major sponsors; Kwik Trip of Menomonee Falls (donated $75 in gift cards), Mills Fleet Farm ($25 gift card), TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (150 sample packs of fishing hooks) and Cops for Kids Foundation ($250 in door prizes).

Next year’s derby will be Saturday, May 11, 2019!


Photos by Don Gorzek and Jon Cline

Fishing Derby Chair: Tom Walkner

Fishing Derby Co-chair: Tim Newman