In early spring, when we set the date for the Kids’ Derby, the State of Illinois was
limiting large gatherings like the Kids’ Derby with no indication as to when a full reopening would take place.


The Board of Directors felt the safety and welfare of the participants, their
families, volunteers and boating members of Waukegan Harbor were most
important and made the decision it would be best not to hold this event in 2021.


We wish everyone a safe, healthy and fun remainder of the summer and look
forward to seeing you in 2022!


2019 Kids derby winners

Chance Winkler – 2 oz Steelhead
Hunter Paulsen – 1.8 oz Perch
Giana Rivera – 1.4 oz Bluegill
Noah Acevedo – 7.1 oz Rock Bass
Josephine Tekampe – 2.8 oz Goby

Julio Soloreano – 17.4 lb King
Aiden Benhke – 1.6 oz Steelhead
Charles Kazior – 0.7 oz Bluegill
Ethan Rarochelli – 6.7 oz Rock Bass
Ryan Joyce – 1.1 0z Goby
Most Fish
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Children 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license to participate. All those over 16 must purchase license and appropriate salmon stamp 

Where: Waukegan Harbor in the Waukegan Port District Building Directions

When: canceled

Registration/check-in: At the Harbor Office Patio

FREE to all kids, 18 and under. Ages 13 and under must have an adult guardian.


Kids 13 and under

Young Adults (Ages 14-18)

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish of each species in each division. Any species can be entered. If it has fins, it can win!

Rules: Fishing period will be from 7am to 12pm. All fishing must take place within the Waukegan Harbor area, including Government Pier and the South Rocks. All fish must be taken with hook & line, in accordance with Illinois DNR regulations. NO SNAGGING! Any legal bait may be used. Please observe the harbor rules of no casting in the portion of the harbor where boats are moored.

Food: Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided on the patio for all participants.

FLYER Click here to print rules, map, and mail in registration document.

Online Registration

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