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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Youth Fishing Derby at Big Lake

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The City of Council Bluffs is pleased to present the second annual Youth Fishing Derby at Big Lake Park on August 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

“Our Youth Fishing Derby was a huge success last summer,” said Daniel Bettmann, Recreation and Events Manager for the City of Council Bluffs. “We have doubled our capacity and ramped up our prize structure for the 2021 event.”

Space is limited to 50 participants per age division at the Youth Fishing Derby, and anglers must register to participate. The registration fee is $5 per person. The online registration form can be found at, and registration is open until August 13 or until capacity is reached. 

“Fishing teaches kids perseverance, determination, and patience. The Youth Fishing Derby is a great way for kids in our community to unplug and connect with nature,” said Bettmann. 

Anglers will have one hour and fifteen minutes to reel in the perfect catch. The Derby age divisions include ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15. The three longest fish in each division win. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license. The Youth Fishing Derby is a catch-and-release event. 

Fishing times, Derby rules, FAQs, and the online registration form can be found at

“Events like the Youth Fishing Derby promote family bonding and community engagement,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. “We are grateful for a community where people enjoy outdoor events, and we are happy to provide the opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy our parks,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh.

Additional event information and updates can be found on Facebook @CityofCB

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