All Ages Fishing Derby

Youth (15 & under) and Adults (16+) | Sunday, April 28 at 9am to Sunday, May 5 at 4pm

Advanced Registration for 2024 Now Open

Registration for the 35th Annual OFAH Under the Lock Fishing Derby is now open

Register Online

Sunday, April 28 at 9am to Sunday, May 5 at 4pm.

  • $25 per adult (16+) to fish all week.
  • Registered youth from the “Youth Fishing Derby” may fish daily using their existing wristband.
  • On-site registration daily from 8am-9pm. Cash, debit, and credit accepted.
  • Two (2) Trout per person per day may be kept. Once you have caught your two Trout you may continue to fish but must catch and release. MNRF regulations still apply for aggregate possession limit: S-5 and C-2.
  • Security and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) officials will be onsite to enforce provincial regulations.

 

This family friendly derby is run by generous volunteers and staff. Poor behaviour will not be tolerated.

All Ages Fish Derby Prizes

Thanks to our many generous sponsors anglers will have the chance to win Summer Day Camp enrollment, a kayak or cold hard cash.

All Ages Derby - Tagged Fish Prizes

Prizes / ValueSponsorCaught by:
Grand Prize #1 - "Walter" - $1000 cash
Value: $1,000
OFAHTBA
Grand Prize #2 - "Rosie" - Day Camp + $200 cash

Value: $425
David RoseTBA
Grand Prize #3 - "Bertie" - Day Camp + $200 cash

Value: $425
David RoseTBA
Grand Prize #4 - Kayak

Value: $400
OFAHTBA
Tagged Fish #1-20 - $200 cashSponsors TBATBA

    All Ages Derby – Tagged Fish Prizes

    Grand Prize #1: "Walter"

    $1000 cash
    Value: $1,000
    Sponsor: Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Caught by: TBA

    Grand Prize #2: "Rosie"

    OFAH Get Outdoors Day Camp + $200 cash
    Value: $425
    Sponsor: David Rose
    Caught by: TBA

    Grand Prize #3: "Bertie"

    OFAH Get Outdoors Day Camp + $200 cash
    Value: $425
    Sponsor: David Rose
    Caught by: TBA

    Grand Prize #4: Kayak

    Value: $400
    Sponsor: Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
    Caught by: TBA

    Tagged Fish #1 - 20 - $200 cash

     

    Tagged fish will be added as sponsors register for the 2024 derby

    Value: $20

    Photo: 2019 “Walter” winner with his catch 

    2023 Tagged Fish Sponsors

    Want to sponsor a fish for all ages derby?

    Click here for full details.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Below is a list of common questions surrounding the OFAH Under the Lock fishing derby.

    How much are derby passes?

    • Youth (15 & under) are $15 with additional children of the same immediate family $10 each.
    • Adults (16+) passes are $25.

    Your pass (wristband/ski tag) allows you to fish the whole week (youth-only fishing on Saturday, April 27).

    During the Saturday Youth Derby, are parents allowed to fish?

    Parents may only assist very young children or those with mobility issues.  The child must be actively involved in fishing to claim any tagged fish prize.  Fishing lines must be taken out of the water if the child is not actively fishing (sleeping, eating, washroom, etc.).   Please no adult fishing on the first Saturday!

    How many fish can I keep?

    Two (2) Trout per person per day may be kept. Once you have caught your two Trout you may continue to fish but must catch and release.  MNRF regulations still apply for aggregate possession limit: S-5 and C-2.

    Can I fly fish?

    Fly fishing is not allowed on April 29-30 as the canal will be too busy with anglers.

    Fly fishing is allowed Monday, May 1 to Sunday, May 7.

    What if I’m too young/old to attend one of the summer camp grand prizes?

    You may transfer the spot in camp to someone you know or it will be offered to a local youth in need of financial assistance.

    When is the derby?

    Youth Derby: Saturday, April 27 from 9am to 4pm.
    All Ages Derby: Sunday, April 28 at 9am to Sunday, May 5 at 4pm.

    Do I need a fishing licence?

    It depends.  Most people ages 18 to 65 need a valid Outdoors Card and Recreational Fishing Licence to fish in Ontario.

    People under 18 or over 65, those with disabilities, and veterans do not need a fishing licence.  Please refer to the 2023 Ontario Fishing Regulations for exact wording.

    Can adults win the tagged fish prizes this year?

    Yes.  The four grand prize tagged fish (Walter, Rosie, Berty, Kayak) can be claimed by adults if not caught by the kids during the youth derby.

    The sponsored tagged fish for cash prizes will be released after the Saturday youth derby and are available to win by both adults and youth fishing from Sunday to Sunday.

    How do I know if I won an early bird prize?

    All winners will be notified by phone and/or email.  A winner’s list will be updated online and on the leaderboard at the derby.

    OFAH Under the Lock Fishing Derby proudly sponsored by

    Contact Us

    1-800-263-OFAH (6324) ext. 254

    OFAH Conservation Centre

    PO Box 2800
    Peterborough, Ontario
    K9J 8L5