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16th Annual Fishing Derby

  • Recurrence: Recurring every April 1st
  • Start Time: 7:00 AM
  • End Time: 12:00 PM
  • Admission: $5 per person age 8 and older/under 8 free
  • Location: Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park
  • Address: 115 Park Road Pittsford, NY 14534
  • Phone: (585) 586-1670
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Join the Riedman Foundation on Monday, April 1 for the 16th annual Opening Day Trout Derby to benefit the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. The derby promises a morning of fun for all ages! We will award prizes in 10 categories. Now in its 16th year, the Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby is a well-known, multi-generational rite of spring. It is not unusual for three or four generations within a family to participate in the derby. For many, it’s a family tradition.

“There’s no better way to celebrate the Riedman Foundation’s 16th anniversary of operating and funding the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park than with this all-ages derby that attracts so many from our community. Multiple generations that enjoy spending the day together in nature and sharing their love of fishing,” says local businessman and philanthropist John Riedman. “We’ve watched children fish here for 16 years, many are off to college now, and all have become fine anglers.”

The derby takes place in Powder Mills Park from 7 a.m. until noon on Monday, April 1. Hundreds of participants—novices and experts, children and adults—will vie for fantastic prizes while demonstrating their support for the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. Fishing takes place in designated areas of Irondequoit Creek within the boundaries of Powder Mills Park. Powder Horn Lodge serves as the official derby headquarters and weigh station.

Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, including age eight and younger, and features the Bank of America Angler Award, a $500 cash prize for the contestant reeling in the biggest brown trout. The derby is open to the public for a $5 fee. Derby applications can be found at Event proceeds benefit the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park.

Event sponsors include Bank of America, Monroe County, Ontario Fly Outfitters, Suspicious Lines, South Bay Boat and Tackle, Streamwalker Nets, New York State Conservation Officers Association, Orvis, L.L. Bean, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shops, The Salty Dog Shop Inc., BE Fishing Tackle, S & R Bait and Tackle, The Outdoor Store, Fox Rochester, 13WHAM ABC, the CW Rochester,,, A.D. Maddox and Josi Etter.

The Riedman Foundation 16th Annual Trout Derby will be conducted in accordance with New York State Law. Participants 16 years of age and older must have a valid fishing permit and must abide by State Fish and Game laws.

You must be registered to be considered a contestant. Derby applications can be obtained at, at the Hatchery, and at most derby sponsor locations by March 1. Registration is also accepted on the day of the derby from 5:00 am to 7:30 am. There is a $5 entry fee per participant age 8 and older. Derby proceeds benefit the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park.