Duck Pond Fishing Derby For Kids    

For Ages 3-15


This event for Ages 3-15 is held in sponsorship with TWRA, Wal-Mart and other area organizations. Trophies are awarded in each age division for the largest fish and the most fish caught. Overall event winner for each category will receive a trophy as well. All participants are eligible to win door prizes including a grand prize. A waterplay area, an archery and air rifle area, and other games will also be available after weigh-in.

Rules and Information:
  • Even if you have pre-registered, you must check-in on-site at red/white tent for your goody bag and door prize tickets.
  • Drink and goody bag guaranteed to the first 300 participants (includes Fishing Derby keepsake).
  • All participants are eligible for numerous door prizes including a grand prize.
  • Event management provided by Parks & Rec. staff, TWRA, and area volunteers.
  • Trophy for the Overall Event Champion for the “Largest Fish” caught, as well as the “Most Fish” caught.
  • 1st place trophies will be awarded in each age group for the “Largest Fish” (weight).
  • 1st-4th place trophies will be awarded in each age group for the “Most Fish” (total weight of 10 fish maximum).
  • Age divisions: 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, 13-15
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.
  • Participants may use 1 ROD ONLY, and be considerate of other participants at all times.
  • Bank fishing only - No wading. - Event encourages catch and release. Please bring stringer and bucket!
  • All fish must be checked in to be eligible for awards.
  • Adults are allowed to provide assistance only with baiting, casting and removing fish from hook, but cannot “fish” for the participant. Fishing for participant may result in forfeiture of awards eligibility.
  • Parents should visit www.parksrec.com Saturday morning in case of cancellation due to inclement weather. If cancelled, the Derby will be re-scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • No fishing license is required on event day.

Large Turnout for the

23rd Annual Alcoa Duck Pond Fishing Derby For Kids


Parks & Recreation, TWRA, and area sponsors held their 23rd annual Alcoa Duck Pond Fishing Derby for Kids on Saturday, June 6th at the Alcoa Duck Pond, where over 250 participants came out to try their luck at fishing. Over 700 pounds of fish were weighed in! Awards were given for the Overall Biggest Fish and the Overall Most Fish by Weight (up to 10 fish), as well as for the Biggest Fish and Most Fish winners (up to 10 fish) in each age group. Parks & Recreation, Walmart, TWRA, and Appalachian Dental were major sponsors of the event who contributed to the organization, assistance, and the many door prize drawings and give-aways at the event. A water play and fun and games area was also provided for the kids. Award winners were as follows:

Overall Biggest Fish was caught by: 

Malachia Hoisington  4.94 lbs.

Overall Most Fish (Up to 10 fish and total weight) was caught by: 

Casey Cantrell  16.68 lbs.



Award winners for Ages 3-4 were:

Biggest Fish

Arianna Presley  3.30 lbs.

1st  Place Most Fish

Aaliyah Smelcer  10.24 lbs.

2nd Place Most Fish

Arianna Presley  9.64 lbs.

3rd Place Most Fish

Chilton St. James  7.48 lbs.

4th Place Most Fish 

Ella Covington  5.66 lbs.

Award winners for Ages 5-7 were:

Biggest Fish

Sam McCammon  3.18 lbs.

1st  Place Most Fish

Casey Cantrell  16.78 lbs.

2nd Place Most Fish

Sam McCammon  15.98 lbs.

3rd Place Most Fish

Savannah Minor  14.36 lbs.

4th Place Most Fish

Cody Humphrey  13.16 lbs.   

Award winners for Ages 8-10 were:

Biggest Fish

Malachi Hoisington  4.94 lbs.

1st  Place Most Fish

Kameron Morgan  15.94 lbs.

2nd Place Most Fish

Connor Rex  13.96 lbs.

3rd Place Most Fish

Tera Roden  12.28 lbs.

4th Place Most Fish

Haylee Richards  11.12 lbs.

Award winners for Ages 11-12 were:

Biggest Fish

Ethan Russell  3.20 lbs.

1st  Place Most Fish

Ivan Loveday  12.14 lbs.

2nd Place Most Fish

Joshua Lawson  11.86 lbs.

3rd Place Most Fish

Madison Duggan  10.50 lbs.

4th Place Most Fish

Francisco Chamorro  9.62 lbs.

Award winners for Ages 13-15 were:

Biggest Fish

Jay Denman  4.04 lbs.

1st  Place Most Fish

JT Loveday  12.66 lbs.

2nd Place Most Fish

Dakota Whitteaker  12.18 lbs.

3rd Place Most Fish

Benson Wainwright  11.40 lbs.

4th Place Most Fish

Caitlyn Lombardi  8.34 lbs.