Grand River Bass Derby

Next event: July 7 & 8, 2018

Updated Monday July 10, 2017 by Stanley Park.

A family fishing event hosted
by the Optimist Club of Stanley Park.

The Optimist Club of Stanley Park is committed to assisting the youth of the Stanley Park community (and Kitchener-Waterloo) through various programs and projects, of which, the Bass Derby is one. 

This fun filled Live Release Derby is held on the Grand River with the Derby headquarters and measuring station at Bingeman Park in Kitchener. Only Smallmouth Bass caught in the Grand River are eligible and must be brought in alive. Proceeds from the Derby are ear-marked for enhancement to public access on the Grand River.

Proceeds from the derby are used to maintain and develop the Stanley Park Optimist Natural Area located along the J.A. Pollock Family Trailway of the Walter Bean Grand River Trail in Kitchener. This 20 acre site, on the west side of the river by highway #7, includes 2 ponds for fish reproduction, a marsh area, parking and a canoe launch as well as walking and biking trails. Future proceeds are committed to maintain and develop this area as a key public access point to the Grand River, fish spawning area and wildlife habitat.

The 2018 Grand River Bass Derby is scheduled to be held on Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8. You will be able to pre-register early at Natural Sports.

Effective 2016 & 2017: The measuring station is at Natural Sports (1272 Victoria St. N., Kitchener). 

The event is headquartered at Bingeman Park with closing ceremonies held there on the Sunday afternoon of the Derby weekend.

The top fishermen in the 2017 Derby were: 

‚Äč1st    John Oliver       20 1/32 
2nd   David Windover  19 7/8
3rd    Alex Inch           19 11/16 
4th    Dave Prince Jr  19  17/32
5th    Steve Boerio     19  1/2

         YOUTH CATEGORY‚Äč

1st    Nick McCann    18 3/4
2nd   Hunter Restoule  18 5/32
3rd    Jack Frame  18 5/32
4th   James Keffer   18" 
5th    Kevin Hunter   17 5/16

 




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