Registration is open until May 31,
and will be limited to the first 250 registrants.

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We are using a new registration system! Please note that although some payment language is used, this is a free event and there will be no credit information or charges collected.

A great way for kids to enjoy a fun-filled day of fishing in the great outdoors!

Every year, the Foundation hosts a free Kids Fishing Derby on the first Saturday of June, which falls on one of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources designated free-fishing days.

This particular day allows Indiana residents to fish in the reservoir without a license or a trout/salmon stamp. We welcome children ages 4-14 to participate along with families and larger youth or church groups, at no cost. All children must be supervised by an adult or group leader.

All participants receive a goody bag, bait, and a cookout lunch. We have a limited number of fishing poles available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis, but if you own a pole, we certainly encourage you to bring it.

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The easiest way to access the Lilly Lake is to enter through the 71st Street entrance (view map), and then take your first left (65th St.), then 1st right (Lilly Lake Dr.), then right at the T.

Fishing Derby participants do not have to pay the $5 daily entry fee per vehicle.

The event will take place rain or shine, but in the event of severe weather, we will reschedule for the following Sunday and notify all participants via email.


The Kids Fishing Derby is 100% funded by the Foundation. Area businesses are welcome to donate: food, goody bag items, bait, and fishing gear. A nonprofit acknowledgement will be provided to donors. Find more information on sponsorship benefits here.


We are looking for volunteers to help with the following duties: distributing flyers in advance, registration, handing out/stuffing goody bags, set-up and tear-down, food & beverage, parking, fishing gear distribution, cooking on the grill, fishing guidance, and EMT stand-by. To volunteer, email

“It was a glorious day, with fog raising up off the surface of the pond…”

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