Youth Fishing Derby

First Saturday in June
Youth Fishing Derby

The Youth Fishing Derby is held the first Saturday in June for children aged 17 and under. Free!






Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is hosting the 27th annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The derby is held during National Fishing and Boating Week at Ringneck Marsh on Iroquois NWR. Planned activities will begin at 8:00 a.m. and include a casting contest, migration maze game, and a fish dissection demonstration. Rods and reels will be available for children to borrow if needed. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must be present during the event, but may not fish for the child. Participants may join the derby at any time, however, all lines must be out of the water by 11:00 am, and all state fishing laws must be followed. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. who will be providing door prizes and trophies for the anglers with the three biggest fish in each age group (7 and under, 8-12, and 13-17). It’s sure to be a fun fishy day! 

The fishing derby and all activities are free to the public. For additional information, please contact the Refuge at 585-948-5445. 

Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY, and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  To get to Ringneck Marsh, take Hwy 63 and turn east onto Oak Orchard Ridge Road. In less than 0.5 miles, you may park in the Ringneck Marsh Overlook Parking Lot. Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at (585) 948-5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1-800-877-8339.

This event is one of the many ways the refuge offers to connect people with nature. Connecting People with Nature (CPWN): Ensuring the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world.” It is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support the refuge.