This event has been canceled.

This event has been canceled given the current public health crisis with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We apologize for any inconvenince. Please read the full announcement here.

34th Annual Fishing Derby

Deer Lake Scout Reservation
101 Paper Mill Rd., Killingworth, CT

One weekend only:

April 4, 2020

Scouts fish from 8 am – 1 pm.  Adults fish from 11 am – 1 pm.

The $18 registration for the morning of fishing with a two trout limit includes pancake breakfast and event patch.  If you would like to attend and enjoy breakfast but will not be fishing, the cost is $6.  See below for Fly Fishing & Fishing merit badges opportunities!


Camping reservations must be made separately, at an additional charge.  Camping is available only to units and families registered for the Derby.  Complete your event registration first, then call Carolyn, 203-951-0237 to check availability and make a facility/campsite reservation.



Registration limited to 650 participants.  Deadline for registration:  March 27, 2020

For a small extra fee, a hamburger/hot dog lunch will be available from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

This event is held rain or shine (or snow!) – Sorry, No refunds.


Check in opens at 6:30 a.m. at the Dining Hall.  There are two lines for check in.  If you are eligible for the Express check in line, you will be receiving an additional confirmation email in March, listing your individual registration.  Please print out the page with the registration information and hand it in at the check in desk when you pick up your packet.  The packet will contain your breakfast tickets and the patches that must be worn by anyone who is fishing.  The packets are designated by the name of the individual who submitted the registration.  If your pack or troop registered as a unit under one person, you will need to know where to meet with that individual, as he/she will have all the patches and tickets for your unit.  If you are the coordinator for a unit, please make sure that all your participants know how to find you.

Additional Information:

  • Flyer/Registration Form – download here
  • Welcome Letter (available soon)
  • Fishing Derby Regulations (available soon)

Fly Fishing & Fishing merit badge classes for Scouts BSA:  April 3-5, 2020

Class size limited!  Stay tuned for additional information. 

Flyer/registration form for Fly Fishing Merit Badge – download here

Flyer/registration form for Fishing Merit Badge – download here