Project Coordinators: Jim Hazuka / Stan Krol

2021 Tri Lakes Kids Fishing Derby

Tri-Lakes Lions Club is hosting the annual Tri-Lakes Kids Fishing Derby on 5 June (Saturday) at Palmer Lake in Northern El Paso County.  The tournament will begin at 8 am and conclude with presentation of awards at 11:30 am. The fishing tournament is targeted for kids 4 through 14.  The event is FREE, although kids are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Tri-Lakes Cares at registration.  Colorado anglers of all ages can fish without a license on 5 June, so parents and other chaperons are encouraged to bring their fishing gear and join in the fun.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife is stocking the lake with trout for the tournament.  Participants will need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait.  For those who do not have fishing gear, there will be a limited number of rods, reels, and bait, that can be used on a “loaner basis” for kids participating in the Derby.  Colorado Fish and Wildlife will also bring a limited supply of rods, reels, and bait for kids as well.

Tournament registration will be on the East side of the lake next to bathrooms and park pavilion.  There will be numerous fishing officials around the lake measuring fish and reporting results.  Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in three age categories. Leader boards for each age category will be posted at the park pavilion.  Come early as the Derby normally has 250 kids participate.  Hundreds of fish are caught and measured each year.

There are many sponsors for this event that are critical to the Derby’s success.  They include Bass Pro, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Farmers Insurance, Bella Panini, Safeway, Community Banks of Colorado, Colorado Friends and Family Fishing, Tri Lakes Printing, Road Runner Bait, Rosies Dinner, Bach Crawlers, JJ Tracks, Bees Knees, 3G Engagement, Tractor Supply Company, Tri Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Palmer Lake.

The 2020 Derby was cancelled due to the COVID virus.  We look forward to the 2021 Fishing Derby being the best one yet.

Tri Lakes Lions Club