Annual Youth Catfish Derby

****NOTICE:  As a result of the high water levels on the Minnesota River, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office will be changing the venue of the Catfish Derby scheduled for August 6th to Cedar Lake in New Prague.****

"Get Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs!”

Every summer, local kids join dozens of Scott County deputies, police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel in fishing boats for a day of fun and fishing on the Minnesota River!  Up to 50 kids, ages 12 to 16, who live in or attend school in Scott County, will have the opportunity to participate in this free event.  Bait, fishing gear, food and beverages are all provided. 

The 18th Annual Youth Catfish Derby will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018.  The derby will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end with an awards ceremony at approximately 1:30 p.m.  The event will be staged at the Scott County Fairgrounds, but most of the day will be spent on the Minnesota River trying to catch one of the biggest fish in North America!  Prizes will be awarded and all kids will receive participation gifts. 

“The Catfish Derby is designed to teach kids to fish, connect them with the outdoors and develop trusting relationships with our deputies and other emergency responders within our community,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen.  “This positive interaction in an informal and relaxed setting gives these kids a better understanding of what we do and who we are.”

Join us on the Minnesota River for a day of sun, fun and fishing!  Get hooked on fishing, not on drugs!

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Deputy Dennis Tietz at or 952-292-8297.


Register by clicking on "Register Online" button below.  Applications will be accepted from July 9th through July 16th, or until all spots are filled.  This event is FREE but space is limited to 50 participants and priority will be given to individuals who have not participated in the past.  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.
Online Registration