Annual Children's Fishing Derbies - FREE!
Saturday, May 20 at Wallace Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation, Berea AND
Sunday, May 21 at Ohio & Erie Canal, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, Cuyahoga Heights
Kids can reel in big fun at the annual Cleveland Metroparks Children’s Fishing Derbies.
Each day there will be two sessions:
Children, ages 4 to 8 fish from 9 a.m. to noon
Youth, ages 9 to 15, fish from 1 to 4 p.m.
Hungry trout, catfish and a variety of other fish are ready for young anglers to try their luck on while competing for prizes. Children can also learn how to cast and test their skills at the casting challenge.
Guidance will be available from experienced anglers to help those new to fishing. Bait will be available at no charge for derby participants. Bring a rod, tackle and a cooler with ice to store the “catch of the day.” While supplies last, loaner rods (fully rigged for bait fishing) are available for children who do not have their own.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of each session, noon and 4 p.m. sharp! Prize categories will include the largest trout, largest other fish, smallest fish and best cast from the casting challenge. You must be present to win.
Wallace Lake and Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area will be stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish between Wednesday, May 17 and Friday, May 19. These areas will be posted closed to fishing beginning on the day of stocking. Each area will reopen for youth fishing only, during each session of that location’s derby. Adults may fish in derby waters when the event is over at 4:00 p.m.
The event is rain or shine and there is no pre-registration. Please go to the big tent when you arrive on derby day to register. All children are encouraged to learn how to cast or test their skills at the casting challenge station.
Golf Cart shuttles will provide rides throughout the event for seniors and persons with disabilities at both derby locations.
Fishing recommendations: To reduce tangles, use single hooks or rigs using single hooks (no treble hooks). Still-fishing methods are strongly recommended, using live or processed bait fished from either bobber rigs or bottom rigs. Bobber rigs are the easiest for children to use since bites are easy to see.
For more information, call Youth Outdoors at 216-206-1010.
Directions to the Children’s Fishing Derbies:
Wallace Lake Derbies: Follow the signs on Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea.
Ohio & Erie Canal Derbies: Park at the CanalWay Center parking lot, located down the hill from the E. 49th Street entrance to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Hts. Follow the trail from the parking lot to the canal.
Cleveland Metroparks staff can adapt many programs to be accessible to anyone who would
like to participate assuming they meet the essential eligibility criteria. Reasonable
accommodation can also be made. Please make a request at the time of registration but
no later than 72 business hours prior to the program. Contact us at
or at these telephone numbers.