Fishing Derby (Ages 5-15)

Go out to your favorite fishing spot throughout the month of June and submit your best catches! Each catch will have 4 chances to win a prize up to a $25 gift card.

How to participate:

  • Download and print off our Catch Card.
  • Go fishing!
  • When you catch a fish, complete the Catch Card
  • Take a photo of your fish and your completed catch card. (This photo is your submission.)
  • Release the fish back to its habitat.


  • Entrants must be between ages 5 and 15.
  • Entrants must be a resident of Hawthorn Woods.
  • All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2020 to be eligible for a prize. Photo must include fish and catch card.
    • Share on your Facebook page with #HWFishingDerby
    • Email to Amy Mason at
  • We will accept up to three (3) submissions per entrant (3 different catches).
  • Participants must abide by all local and state fishing laws and guidelines. 

Hawthorn Woods Fishing Derby Ages 5-15

Thank you to our sponsor!

Edward Jones Logo (2)

Edward Jones - Headshot of Erica Gunther

Edward Jones Investments
Erica B. Gunther, Financial Advisor

70 Landover Pkwy, Suite D
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
(847) 438-7577


  • There will be 4 winners. An entrant is only eligible for one (1) prize.
    • Biggest Catch, Prize = $25 gift card
      • Fish with the greatest weight
    • Longest Catch , Prize = $25 gift card
      • Fish with the greatest length
    • Cutest Catch,  Prize = $10 gift card
      • Cutest Catch will be judged on a 1-5 scale for the following criteria: colors, shape, overall look. 
    • Funniest Fish, Prize = $10 gift card 
      • Funniest Fish will be judged on a 1-5 scale for the following criteria: funny face, shape, overall silliness
    • Judging of Cutest Catch and Funniest Fish will be performed by Chief of Police Jennifer Paulus, Parks Crew Leader Ryan Mathy, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Erica Gunther. Decision by the judges are final.

    • Winners will be announced July 2, 2020.

How to weigh your fish:

The best method to weigh your fish is to use a fish scale. They are available for purchase on Amazon, at Wal-Mart, Target, or your local fishing or sporting store starting around $10-15. You can also use a kitchen or body weight scale. Don’t have a scale available, no problem! Use our guide from the Farmer’s Almanac to estimate your fish’s weight. Measured and/or estimated weights are accepted by our contest. 

Download our guide on how to estimate the weight of a fish

How to measure your fish:

Use a flat board, close the mouth, and compress the tail. Length is measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail with the fish laid flat on a ruler, with the mouth of the fish closed and the tail lobes pressed together

how to measure fish

How to photograph your fish:

Releasing a fish and watching it swim away unharmed is a wonderful feeling. You can still get a great photo of that fish prior to releasing it. Absolutely you should preserve the memory of your catch, and by following the guidelines below, you can ensure that fish can bring enjoyment to another angler:

  • Have your camera ready so you minimize the time for the fish to be out of the water.
  • Wet your hands prior to handling the fish and be sure they are free of sunscreen or solvents. This will prevent damage to the fish while handling it for a photo.
  • If you need time to prepare for your photo, hold the fish in the water (or a live well) until you are ready.
  • It is best to hold your fish horizontally, so the fish is fully supported.