Annual Youth Catfish Derby

"Get Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs!”

Every summer, local young people join local peace officers and other public safety personnel for a day of fun and fishing on the Minnesota River.

Up to 50 kids, ages 12 to16, who live in or attend school in Scott County join dozens of Scott County deputies, police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel in fishing boats; bait, fishing gear, beverages and food - all provided!

The idea behind the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Youth Catfish Derby is to give kids a chance to get to know public safety personnel as people. In addition, the derby gives young people the occasion to experience a hobby they can continue for a lifetime.

Statistics show that youth turn to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs partially because of boredom. Hopefully, for some, fishing will provide another option.

Normally, staging is at the Scott County Fairgrounds where the youth meet their boat captains for the day and stock up on supplies. Most of the day is spent on the Minnesota River trying to catch one of the biggest fish in North America. Although the tournament is “catch and release”, all fish are measured and recorded.


Door prizes are awarded and every participant goes home with extras. Many of the prizes are donated by local Scott County businesses. Donations also round out the fishing gear and snacks.


The Catfish Derby is scheduled to takes place every year in August.  Registration will open in June and will remain open until all 50 spots are filled. If your child has participated in the past and would like to participate again this year, they can register and will be placed on a wait list.

Please contact the Scott County Sheriff's Office if you have any questions regarding this event.  (952) 496-8298 or email Deputy Tietz.