Fishing Derby

Event details

  • Saturday | May 14, 2022
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mill Pond Park Main & Grand Sts. Menomonee Falls WI 53051

Well, the 2022 Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls Fishing Derby is in the books, and WOW, what a fantastic event it was!  This year’s Fishing Derby took place the morning of Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at Mill Pond.  The weather could not have been more perfect!  Hundreds of people enjoyed the derby, including the 162 kids who registered to fish, many parents, grandparents, and other family and friends who joined!  The fish were certainly biting!  Between 10 AM and noon, 73 kids caught fish, for a total of 233 fish caught.  In addition, we saw snails, frogs, and even a snapping turtle, bringing the total to 74 kids who had water creatures measured.

Some of the highlights of the fish caught were four large mouth bass ranging between 12 inches and 17 inches long!  There was also a 21 inch carp caught!  Finally, one 15-year-old caught 24 total fish, and a 12-year-old caught 19 different creatures, including fish, snails, and a frog.

photos by Don Gorzek

During registration, each child received a t-shirt and a grab bag with several different give-a-aways, including items from the DNR, candy, coupons, fishing tackle, etc.  In addition, representatives from the Germantown Fleet Farm store joined us and handed out items for the kids and adults.  Thank you Fleet Farm!  The Neighborhood Watch did a great job keeping any hunger away.  They sold coffee, donuts, hotdogs, and other treats from concession stand.  Jerry Mislang did an excellent job emceeing the event using the sound equipment Danny Shepherd set-up and ran throughout the event.  Don Gorzek took photos throughout the derby!  Door prizes were given throughout the morning to all kids who registered, and there was a trophy presentation at the end.  And maybe most importantly, the fishing derby allowed for quality time for families in our community to bond with one another and create very special memories.  The morning was an absolute success filled with so many smiles!

Sue Carny 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, Tom Walkner, Tim Newman, Shannon Dederich, Larry and Marcia Hebbring, Kathie Jensen, Kathy Matthiessen, Kirsten Sperl, Joanne Wanner, Lance Newman, Laura Ciletti, Greg Mattson, Annie Jurczyk, Steve Miller, Adam Lynch, Larry Podolske, Bob Wenzel, Audrey and John Makowski, and Stuart Reichl.

We would also like to thank our sponsors and others who contributed to the derby, including The Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls, members of The Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls who made donations, The Village of Menomonee Falls, The Menomonee Falls Police Department, the Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch, Menomonee Falls CE & Rec, RB Enterprises of Menomonee Falls, Krueger’s Entertainment Center, Kwik Trip on Main Street and Pilgrim in Menomonee Falls, Fleet Farm in Germantown, Cops and Kids Foundation, Sandy Spring Farm, the DNR, and Tru Turn.

We sure hope we did not miss anyone, as there are so many who made this 2022 Kids Fishing Derby possible!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2023 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