Annual Youth Fishing Derby

****NOTICE:  As a result of the often unpredictable water levels on the Minnesota River, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has permanently changed the venue of the Catfish Derby 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 Cedar Lake in New Prague!  Up to 75 kids, ages 10 to 15, 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 20th Annual Youth Catfish Derby will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019.  The derby will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end with an awards ceremony at approximately 1:15 p.m.  The event will be held at beautiful Cedar Lake in New Prague.  Prizes will be awarded and all kids will receive participation gifts. 

“The Youth Fishing 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 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 8th through July 15th, or until all spots are filled.  This event is FREE but space is limited to 75 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