Annual Children's Fishing Derbies - FREE!
Saturday, May 19th
at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, Cuyahoga Heights
Sunday, May 20th
at Wallace Lake, Millstream Run Reservation, Berea
There will be two sessions each day:
Children, ages 4 to 8, fish from 9 a.m. - noon
Youth, ages 9 to 15, fish from 1 - 4 p.m.
Hungry trout, catfish and a variety of other fish are ready to lure young anglers to try their luck and compete for prizes. Children can learn to cast or test their skills at Casting Challenge.
Experienced anglers will be on hand to help those new to fishing. Bait will be available at no charge. Bring a rod, tackle and a cooler with ice to store your “catch of the day.” Loaner rods (fully rigged for bait fishing) will be available.
The events are rain or shine and there is no pre-registration needed.
Please go to the big tent when you arrive on derby day to register. All children are encouraged to learn to cast and/or test their skills at the casting challenge station.
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 casting challenge. You must be present to win.
Golf Cart shuttles will provide rides throughout the event for seniors and persons with disabilities at both derby locations.
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.
Ohio & Erie Canal and Wallace Lake fishing area will be stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish between Wednesday, May 16th and Friday, May 18th. These areas will be closed to public fishing beginning on the day of stocking. Each area will reopen for youth fishing only during the derby. Adults may fish in derby waters when the events are over at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 - Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
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.
Sunday, May 20 - Wallace Lake
Follow the signs on Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea.
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.