2010 Bass Derby

Updated Friday February 3, 2012 by Stanley Park.

Photo: Two big winners - largest catch (and $2,000 winner) Robert Ryan and the new owner of the Pelican boat package, Darryl MacCharles


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.

In 2010, the Optimist Club of StanleyPark (Kitchener) hosted its 24th annual Grand River Bass Derby. This live-release event, the largest in Ontario, is organized as a family affair to increase awareness of local fishing opportunities and resources. The only fish that may be entered in this derby are smallmouth bass caught in the Grand River. All fish entries are measured, weighed and returned to the Grand River at various times throughout the derby.  No fish were lost this year!



(Click on any photo in the slideshow of the 2010 Bass Deby to enlarge it and read the caption. This requires you to have Adobe Flash Player installed.)

Entry Fees for the 2011 Derby:   Adult (16 & over) $20, Youth (9-15) $5, Junior (8 & under) FREE 


2010 PRIZES     Adult Division

1st Prize- $2,000 CASH  won by Robert Ryan 20 1/4"
2nd Prize - $1,000 CASH -  Wes Reidel 19 7/8"
3rd Prize - $500 CASH - Gary Boettger 19 3/4"
4th Place - Prize Package from Natural Sports - Ryan Andrade 19 1/2"
5th Place - Prize package from Natural Sports - Andrew Heutinck 19 1/2"

2010 PRIZES    Junior Division

1st - Ryan Etches 18 5/16"
2nd - Kyle Vaughan 17"
3rd - Ethan Kreller 16 7/8"
4th - Jenna Kip 16 3/4"
5th - Alex Murrin 16 5/16" 

$1,000 for the two "Tagged" Fish  - neither of which were claimed during the Derby but there's still opportunity to earn a smaller prize if one of the tags is turned in to Natural Sports.  (Sponsored by Logel's Autoparts)

Grand Prize Draw -Winner of the Pelican Bass Raider Mini Bass Boat was Darryl MacCharles.

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.


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