Fishing Derby

Next Fishing Derby: October 2, 2019

Every year, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and partners offer the chance for Akron area elementary school children to fish and learn about environmental stewardship along the Ohio & Erie Canal. The catch-and-release event has sponsored attendance for more than 200 school children each year, providing all of the necessary equipment and volunteer support needed for the children and their families to fish.

If you are interested in sponsoring next year's Fishing Derby, contact George Ebey.


2018 Fishing Derby Review

Rainbow over the 2017 Fishing Derby.

More than 200 students and their families came out to the Wilbeth Road Trailhead in Akron for the annual Cargill Fishing Derby. These young fishers took to the water's edge and caught many a blue gill and the occasional small catfish. After about an hour and a half of fishing, the families were treated to a free picnic lunch, educational opportunities to learn about the Canal, and prizes. Thank you to all of our volunteers, guests, and sponsors for another successful Fishing Derby!

2018 Fishing Derby Sponsors: Cargill—Salt Division, Cargill Global Partnership Fund, PNC, Huntington, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation/ Wildlife, County of Summit, Thomarios, Big Red Q Printing, H.M. Miller Construction, The Pipe Rack, Ivan and Kathleen Valentic, Sue Wimer, Phil Montgomery, Michael Kolk, Jill & John Judge, Raymond LabudaElizabeth Stephenson, John & Carrie Nouse, Mike Olinger, Ernie & Mary Kay Pouttu, Pat Gsellman, Paul & Mary Organ, Toby Gorant, Harry & Marie Covington, Douglas O. Cooper, Bret Treier, Karl & Terri Lucas, Bill & Anne Lowery, Chris Was, James Weber, Patrick Weschler, Rob Malone, Christopher Burnham, Roger Stevenson, John Szilagyi, Lorrie Shaffer, Connie Schultz, George Sarkis, Fran Buchholzer, Zachary Bastin, Deborah Atsberger, Michael Baumgartner, Ed Metzger, Roger Read