Fishing Derby

Event details

  • May 8, 2021
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mill Pond Park Main & Grand Sts. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

We have exiting news!  The Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls is optimistic that we will be able bring back and host the 2021 Kids Catch and Release Fishing Derby.  The derby will take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 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 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.  During registration, each child will receive a t-shirt, door prize, and fish recording log.  The fishing contest will be from 10:00 AM to Noon.  At Noon, participants will want to hand-in their fish recording log to one of many volunteers that will be on site.  To help keep the event safe and encourage social distancing, we will encourage participates to stay near their fishing spot while scorers determine the winners.  As quickly as possible, winners will be called up to the scoring table to claim their trophy.

Please bring your own fishing equipment.  Only a limited supply of bait will be provided.  Children under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult.  Those 16 years old and older must have a fishing license.    

As we continue to come together to work through this pandemic, please note that some things at the derby may be different than in years past.  We will work hard to ensure social distancing occurs.  We kindly ask that all who attend do wear a mask/face covering.  We are also currently working to determine if food will be sold during the event.  Thank you for your cooperation and helping to make this year’s fishing derby a fun experience for all! 

Over the years, sponsors and supporters of this event include the Menomonee Falls Police Department, the Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch, the Village of Menomonee Falls, RB Enterprises, Fleet Farm, Krueger’s Recreation Center, Cops and Kids Foundation, Sandy Spring Farm, Kwik Trip, and the Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls.


2019 photos by Don Gorzek

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