Kids Fishing Days Begin in Northern Ohio

It’s that time of year again to enjoy a day of fishing with your young angler(s). Grab your fishing poles and bait and head to one of our area local metroparks where you can learn to fish as well as compete for various prizes.

April 27, 2013
Youth Fishing Derby – (Medina County)medinacty
River Styx Park, intersection of Blake Rd and River Styx Rd

Young fishermen 15 years of age or younger are invited to participate in our annual River Styx Youth Fishing Derby. Girls and boys, alike, can enjoy catching fish and winning prizes. Please have your children bring their fishing poles. A limited number of poles will be available to borrow, and a limited amount of bait will be supplied. Prizes will be awarded after the derby. Free. No pre-registration required. Registration begins at 8am. Derby from 8:30am to 10:30am.

May 5, 2013eriemetroparks
(Erie County)

Sun, May 5 , 1-3pm, Ages 5-17, Shoreline Park, Sandusky, Ohio. Fun fishing day for the whole family! There will be prizes and lunch available for participating youth. Come out and join us! Co-sponsored by the Sandusky Recreation Department, the Western Basin Sport Fishing Association. To register, contact Sandusky Recreation Department at 419-627-5886

May 12, 2013
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
Time: 1 to 4pm
$7 per person; $35/family of 5 or more.
For families with children ages 5 and up.
Ever wanted to take your family fishing, but didn’t know where to start? Tory Gabriel, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator, is ready to lead the way! Learn about basic fishing equipment, how to cast, where to fish and what kind of fish you’ll catch in different locations. We’ll start at the Center and then head to Lake Erie to do some real fishing! All equipment will be provided. Adults and teens (ages 16 & up) who wish to fish must possess a valid fishing license. One adult must accompany every 2 children registered for this program.
28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140
(440) 871-2900

May 18-19, 2013
Cast A Line At Cleveland Metroparks
Annual Children’s Fishing Derbies

Kids can experience the joys of fishing by casting out a line and hopefully reeling in the “big one” at Cleveland Metroparks Children’s Fishing Derbies. clevemetroparks

Young anglers, ages 4 to 15, can enjoy a day of free fishing fun, while learning fishing basics on Saturday, May 18 at Wallace Lake in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Berea and on Sunday, May 19 at Ohio & Erie Canal in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Heights. 

The Children’s Fishing Derbies are divided into two age groups. Young anglers, ages 4 to 8, can fish from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 9 to 15 can fish from 1 to 4 p.m. Each session includes some basic fishing techniques and fishing derby contests. Kids can also learn how to cast and test their skills at the casting challenge area. There will be plenty of free coaching and fishing guidance from seasoned anglers, too. 

Prizes will be awarded in each session for the largest trout, largest other fish caught, smallest fish caught, and best cast at the casting challenge. 

Live bait is provided along with free informational material. Loaner fishing equipment is available for children who do not have their own, while supplies last. The areas are for young anglers only to fish during the derby times.               

Participants should bring tackle, and a cooler and ice to store their “catch of the day.”               

The Derbies hold day-of registration only.  

Wallace Lake is located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Berea. Due to the West Bridge construction over Valley Parkway, follow the detour signs. From I-71/Bagley Road exit, head west on Bagley Road, and cross Front Street, turn left onto Prospect/Rt. 237, and turn left onto South Quarry Lane, turn left onto Valley Parkway to Wallace Lake.  

Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area is just a short walk behind CanalWay Center, located off Whittlesey Way, off the E. 49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Hts. – just off the I-77/Grant Avenue exit.               

For more information, call 216-206-1010 or

Young anglers can enjoy fishing from the banks of Wallace Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal at the annual Children’s Fishing Derbies ofCleveland Metroparks – part of your life, naturally!

May 25, 2013fishingday
Spring Kids Fishing Derby
(Wayne County)

Time: 8 am-noon
Location: P. Graham Dunn, 630 Henry Street, Dalton, OH 44618
Phone: 888-922-0306
Cost: $1 registration fee per child

Description: Fishing derby for kids 12 and under. Bring your own rods and other fishing accessories. Bait available for purchase if needed. Prizes will be awarded for the most fish caught and longest fish.

For more Northern Ohio fishing information click here.


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1 Response to Kids Fishing Days Begin in Northern Ohio

  1. Chris says:

    I think its a great thing to get kids into doing outdoor things like fishing as young as possible. It gets them away from all of the video games out there and just bad things that kids are doing these days haha. My boy goes fishing with his father now and its his favorite thing to do RIGHT behind that though is playing his favorite video game.. I really wish the games were such a force in our youth of today. Great share though!

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