Youth Fishing Derby

2021 Youth Fishing Derby

It was a wonderful day for fishing and the kids had a great time!The 2020 Kids Fishing Derby was held under clear skies at a new venue this year at Findlay Marina. The marina generously provided a safe area for the kids to fish,trophies and lunch for the kids. The club sincerely thinks the Marina for their generous support and looks forward to future derbies.

The turnout was low with 15 Participants from infants to 12-year-olds. Everyone that participated, however, had a great time. All of the kids left with either a Trophy or a prize.

2019 Youth Fishing Derby

The 2019 Kids Fishing Derby took place on October 13, 2019 @ Wyman Park Lake in Sullivan, IL.

We had 13 in the 0-7 age group and 12 in the 8-13 age group.

The winners of our 2019 Kids Fishing Derby were:

0-7 Age Group Biggest Fish: Jessica McVay

0-7 Age Group Most Fish: Morgan Grace

8-13 Age Group Biggest Fish: JJ Shreiner

8-13 Age Group Most Fish: Ryder Goodbrake

Congratulations to all the kids for catching some amazing fish!

2017 Youth Fishing Derby

Our 2019 Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for

Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ Wyman Park Lake in Sullivan, IL.

Registration and demonstrations begin at 12:00.  A liability waiver MUST be signed by a parent/guardian for EACH participant BEFORE fishing begins and a parent/guardian MUST BE PRESENT throughout the tournament.  Please bring your own fishing gear.

Fishing starts promptly at 1:00.  We will have two age divisions:

  • Ages 0-7 will fish for 1 hour, weighing in at 2:00
  • Ages 8-13 will fish for 2 hours, weighing in at 3:00.  

There will be prizes and awards for each age group.


What a great time everyone had last Sunday at our 2017 Kids Fishing Event!!! We had a great turnout, the weather cooperated, and everyone had fun. The tournament scales were exciting for the kids to see and everyone received a prize. Congratulations to the winners!!

0-7 - Most Weight - Clayton
0-7 Big Fish - Sully
8-13 - Most Weight - Ethan
8-13 - Big Fish - Mikayla

I am going to try and highlight several of the people and companies that were involved. Make sure to thank them the next time you see them or use their businesses!!

Andy Roberts - Hand tied lures, Cooking and Setup

Bud York - Tackle Boxes and Jigs, MC, Setup and interviews

Chips Marine - Lures, Bait and fishing Rods

Dave Radecki - Helping at the Pavilion

Greg Foley - Fish release, Food, and cooking  Hot Dogs

GSI - Roger Cox - Weigh in buckets

Harvest Clean - Greg & Luke Humphrey - Bottles of hand cleaner

Hello Sunshine Designs- Erika Phillips - CICC Swag, Helping at weigh-in

Illinois Printing Services - Kelsey Binder - Flyers and Trophies

Jenny Price and Steve Peck - Tackle Boxes, Walmart gift cards, and cookies

Jim Lawson - Weigh-in buckets

John Carr - Weigh-in, Fish release, Pavilion

Levi Goodbrake - Checking in participants and handing out ribbons

Louis Jordan - Helping at Pavilion

Rick Clifton - 50/50 back to the event

Steve Welch and Charlie Brewer - Mugs, Stickers and Slider lures

Sullivan IGA - Hot Dogs and Buns

Sullivan Monical's Pizza - Gift Cards and pizza bags

Tom Fermanian - Running Scales, taking pictures

USACE - Ashley Florey - Safety Presentation

2016 Kids Fishing Rodeo

The 2016 Kids Fishing Rodeo took place on October 2, 2016 @ Wyman Park Lake in Sullivan, IL.

  • We had over 60 kids attend, about 35 in the 0-9 age group and 25 in the 10-15 age group.

The winners of our 2016 Kids Fishing Rodeo were:

0-9 Age Group Biggest Fish: JJ Howell

0-9 Age Group Most Fish: Carson Nixon

10-15 Age Group Biggest Fish: Noah Marlow

10-15 Age Group Most Fish: Levi Goodbrake

Congratulations to all the kids for catching some amazing fish!

2015 Kids Fishing Rodeo - 10/12/15

The winners at our Kids Fishing Rodeo were:

Most Fish: Brian Jancaitis

Biggest Fish: Elora Mast

Smallest Fish: Brian Jancaitis

Most Weight: Brian Sharp