Fishing Derbies

Kids' Fishing Derby Annual Event

Every year, the Broomfield Open Space Foundation, in cooperation with the City and County of Broomfield and Colorado Parks & Wildlife, sponsors a free Kids' Fishing Derby for ages 6 to 12 years. Parent/guardian supervision and pre-registration required. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Metzger Farm Open Space, 12080 Lowell Blvd. (northeast corner of 120th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard)

A brief introductory fishing clinic, poles, and bait are provided, and then kids will enjoy a one-hour fishing session (see available times below). Please park at the Metzger Farm Trailhead (access from Lowell Boulevard) and walk to the pond.

Register by calling Recreation Services at 303.460.6901 or 303.464.5501, visiting the website, or in person at either of the recreation centers. Select your preferred one-hour time slot using the codes below:

Code          Time
79981          8 a.m.
79982         9 a.m.
79983        10 a.m.

Kids' Fishing Derby Event 2016

Fishing Derby 2016-Dennis Thompson
Over 100 young fishers and their parents/guardians came out on a very chilly, cloudy May 7 to try their luck! Several of the kids caught sizable fish. Everyone had a great time, regardless of the chilly weather.

The event was held at Metzger Farm Open Space this year. Colorado Fish and Wildlife stocked the pond with fish to improve everyone's odds of landing the big one.

The 2015 Event

The 2015 event on May 2 at Tom Frost Reservoir was enjoyed by 100+ children and their chaperones. The weather was perfect, and the fish were jumping. Children visited educational stations on fish biology, knot tying, fishing ethics, and Girl casting-2015casting. After these short learning sessions, they received a free fishing pole and bait. Many children caught fish, which added to the excitement of the morning.

Approximately 13 local residents from BOSF and the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee volunteered to help out! At the end of the fishing session, each child received a free Bay Pass, snack, and BOSF/wildlife/trail information. The Butterfly Pavilion, a sponsor of the event, also provided free Pavilion passes to the attendees.

View pictures of the event!

The 2014 Event

Girl casting at Fishing DerbyThe event was held at Tom Frost Reservoir, with over 100 children participating. It was a beautiful Colorado spring day packed full of fun and learning in the open space! Take a look at some photos from the event!

The 2013 Event

Metzger Farm Open Space was the location for the 2013 event. Enjoy photos and a video of the event!