Kids to swarm Prisoners Lake for Fishing Derby

Event in Devou returns Saturday for 2nd year in a row

COVINGTON, Ky. – Want to see a kid get excited?

Put a fishing pole in their hand and watch their face light up when a fish suddenly tugs on the other end. The surprise, the anticipation and the thrill of reeling in the fish … these emotions all but guarantee a contagious grin that spreads to anyone nearby.

This Saturday, May 27, such excitement will dominate the banks around Prisoners Lake in Devou Park, when the City of Covington’s Parks & Recreation Department holds its annual Fishing Derby for Covington kids ages 5 to 15.

“When it comes to families having fun together, there is nothing like the Fishing Derby,” said Alicia Chappell, Recreational Program Coordinator for Parks & Rec. “It’s one of our oldest and most popular events – and for good reason. Kids love catching fish, and parents love watching their kids catch fish.”

Derby details

  • The event runs from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. Families can save time by registering ahead of time online at Fishing Derby registration.
  • Prisoners Lake is at the corner of Prisoners Lake Drive and Wayne Road in Devou Park. Parking is available around the lake and the park.
  • Bring your own poles and tackle, or borrow some from Parks & Rec with an ID. Bait (wax worms and red worms) will be provided. Artificial bait is allowed as well.
  • Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the longest, shortest, and heaviest fish.
  • The lake is stocked several times a year with catfish and rainbow trout by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the lake also contains various species of sunfish.

Volunteers from Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Inc. will help Parks & Rec staff the event.

The Devou Fishing Derby returned in 2022 after a three-year hiatus because of road construction near the lake and then COVID-19 concerns.

“We’re excited to bring it back,” Chappell said. “It’s especially fun to see kids whose parents and grandparents attended this event when they were little.”

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