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Information icon Hatchery Creek during the Catch a Rainbow Fishing Derby. Photo by Alex Hoover, USFWS.

33rd Annual Catch a Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Jamestown, KY – What began as a small event in 1986 has now blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in the country. This year’s 33rd Annual Catch A Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.

Designed as a way to get kids outdoors and connected to fishing, this event provides an opportunity for families to have fun with a rod and reel. Last year’s event included approximately 1,200 participating children. Support and planning for the event came from generous donations of time and aid from more than 100 volunteers and more than 100 sponsors. The event offers fishing, prizes, trophies, food, and much more at no charge.

The derby is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the derby, please feel free to contact the Hatchery.

Wolf Creek NFH improves scientific literacy through nationally recognized formal and non-formal science and conservation education programs. For more information on the derby, including fishing times, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Ashley Buffington, environmental education/outreach specialist, (270) 343-3797

Moria Painter, environmental education/outreach specialist, (270) 343-3797

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