2023 Fishing Derbies for Kids

Kids with fishing poles and prizes

Derby Circuit-Spring and Summer 2023

Kids (Ages 4-15) can join the 2023 derby circuit with a chance to fish for prizes at five derbies held through the spring and summer.  Sponsored by Stark County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Berkley Fishing Team, and Stark Parks. Attendance at each derby will earn one entry into a drawing to win a cash prize from the Berkley Fishing Team. (Drawing held in August after the final derby) 

One free fishing pole will be given to each child participating in a derby throughout the circuit by the Stark County Federation of Conservation Clubs while supplies last. Prizes and trophies are awarded at each derby for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in various age groups.

The popular Jack Cullen Towpath Trail Trout Derby will kick off the fishing derby circuit for kids ages 4-15 at a new location on April 29, 2023. The annual derby, held for over 50 years, will move one mile north to St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton and feature improved parking and more fishing access along the Ohio & Erie Canal. 

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with fishing at 8 a.m. for all derbies. Snacks, beverages, and bait will be for sale.

Jack Cullen Towpath Trail Trout Derby
Sat., April 29, 8 a.m.
St. Helena Heritage Park, Canal Fulton

Richard Fry Memorial Catfish Derby
Sat., May 13, 8 am.
Petros Lake Park

“Pep” Tamargo Memorial Derby
Sat., May 27, 8 a.m.
Sippo Lake Park-Marina
**Pre-registration required.  Lunch, trophies, and prizes provided by the Berkley Fishing Team.

Register for Pep Tamargo Derby

Cook’s Lagoon Derby
(Ages 4 to 15 and Seniors)
Sat., June 10, 8 a.m.
Cook’s Lagoon

Sandy & Beaver Canal Derby
Sat., Aug. 12, 8 a.m.
Magnolia Mill Pond

Not between the ages of 4-15, but still like to fish?  We’ve got you covered. 

More Fishing Derbies

Night Fishing Derby
July 14, 5 to 10 p.m. at Sippo Lake Marina
Open to all ages.  $5 entry fee with cash prizes awarded.  Must be present at 10 p.m. to claim.  Registration begins at 5 p.m. on site with fishing at 6 p.m.

Catfish with Cops
TBD at Walborn Reservoir

Bob Meister Special Needs Derby
Sept. 9, 8 a.m. to Noon at Sippo Lake Marina
Exclusively for individuals with special needs.  Walkways and parking lots are accessible along with the fishing pier and shoreline of the lake. Following the derby, prizes will be awarded, and a lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required.  Sponsored by Stark Parks and the Berkley Fishing Team.

Ranger Bass Tournaments

If you have a boat, you’ll love the Ranger Bass Tournaments!  $60 per boat for cash prizes (subject to vary) and the proceeds benefit the Ranger Explorer program.  View more information on the Bass Tournament page.

Sat., May 6 and Sat.,  June 17 at Walborn Reservoir. Registration begins at 6 a.m. with fishing from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (10HP limit, larger motors can be used to un-trailer and trailer only)
Advance registration is required for the May 6 tournament. 
Walborn Reservoir is located at 11324 Price St NE, Alliance, OH 44601