|The Annual Kid's Fishing Derby began in the summer of 1986. Several local individuals believed that the trout stream below the Hatchery could be utilized for more than just releasing trout into the river. The Hatchery Manager at that time, Richard "Dick" Hale, started the first ever Kid's Fishing Derby. Dick, along with his wife, Lois, saw the need to have a facility for kids to be able to fish. Thus, an idea and an annual event were born.|
The Derby is organized by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc. Their motto is
“Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.” They believe that this Fishing Derby provides children, and especially parents an enjoyable day full of fishing, outdoor fun, food, and prizes; all thank to our numerous sponsors.
The derby is made possible by countless volunteer hours from local people as well as hatchery staff. Visit the contact page if you would like to be a volunteer.
The purpose of the Fishing Derby is to encourage parents and children to enjoy an expense-free outing which allows them to experience a day full of fishing, outdoor fun, and prizes thanks to the numerous derby sponsors.