Kids Fishing Derby

The lakes at Ford Park will be stocked with 500 pounds of trout for this year’s fishing derby.

The much-anticipated Kids’ Fishing Derby will return to Ford Park with the support of the city of Redlands, Redlands Optimist Club and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This free event, designed for youth 15 and younger, will be held from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Visit cityofredlands.org/post/fishing-derby-2023 to register. Space is limited, and pre-registration is recommended.

Both ponds at Ford Park, 955 Parkford Drive, will be stocked with more than 500 pounds of trout for the derby. Attendees will have access to learning stations provided by California State Department of Fish and Wildlife. These stations will offer useful information on topics that include the biology of fish, fish species as well as safety measures when using fishing poles.

Free bait and fishing poles will be available for use, and youth participants can look forward to an exciting day of raffle prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will take place, rain or shine.

Ford Park ponds will be closed to the public during and prior to the event. Only registered youth will be able to fish and each child must bring a portable chair. Children must also bring their own cooler if they want to take fish home.