Fishing Derby

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Annual Kids' Fishing Derby - Canceled for 2020

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. After a brief fishing clinic, kids will be provided with a pole and bait! Adult supervision and registration are required. This event is sponsored by the City and County of Broomfield Open Space and Trails Department, Broomfield Open Space Foundation, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Please park at the County Commons Open Space Trailhead (access from the west side of Westlake Drive & Lowell Boulevard) and walk to the pond. Please note that parking at the Westlake Drive trailhead is limited, with extra parking available at Paul Derda Recreation Center. Fishing poles and any fish caught can be taken home to keep the excitement going!  
2019 Annual Kids' Fishing Derby

Over 70 kids caught fish on this sunny and warm spring day on Saturday, May 4th-- a new record!!

 2019 Kids Fishing Derby- Child with trout
Photos courtesy of Tim Seibert
 2019 Fishing Derby - Child fishing  2019 Kids Fishing Derby- Along the shore

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!