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Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park | Operated by the Riedman Foundation

Rotary Club of Pittsford's 27th Annual Kids’ Trout Fishing Derby

Save the date for the FREE event: May 11, 2024

Registration is available online prior to the event, or in person starting at 8:00AM. on derby day, exclusively for kids 15 years of age and younger.

The fishing contest will run between 9:00 to 11:00AM, followed by an awards ceremony and fish hatchery tour at 11:30AM. Complimentary refreshments will be served.


21st Annual Fish Derby

The $500 cash award, sponsored by Bank of America, is presented to our top winner of the day, Ron B., bringing in an 8.86lb brown trout.

He also won a 4 hour boat charter with Hat Trick Charters.

And a shout out to Bass Pro Shops for supporting our fish derby again this year with gift cards that will be used as some of the prizes given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in three age brackets (age 8 & younger, age 9-15 and age 16 & older).

for 2024 Derby Photos

Traditions continue at Powder Mills Park's annual Riedman Foundation Trout Derby

Each year, the Riedman Foundation Trout Derby brings in hundreds of people eager to grab the largest brown trout in exchange for $500 and a free four-hour fishing boat charter. CLICK HERE FOR MORE


Angler Award for Biggest Brown Trout Catch:

Ron B., 8.86lb Brown Trout

Kids 8 and Younger:

1. Duncan H., 1.41 lbs. Brown
2. Joey C.,0.39 lbs. Brown
2. Dillon R., 1.34 lbs. Brown

Kids 9 – 15:

1. Grady G., 3.50 lbs. Brown
2. Sean H., 1.63 lbs. Brown
3. Payton B., 1.25 lbs. Brown

Adult Largest Catch:

1. Steve P., 3.43 lbs. Brown
Mike R., 3.35 lbs. Brown
Terrence M., 2.93 lbs. Brown

The 82-year-old Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park was established in 1933 as a cooperative effort between the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and Monroe County. It was closed in mid-December 2002 due to County budget cuts and then re-opened in fall of 2003 when the Riedman Foundation entered into a partnership with the County to provide funding for staff, maintenance and operational support, as well as make capital improvements.

The Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park is open all year long. This popular family destination provides a unique opportunity to view several varieties of fish in various stages of development. Hatchery staff—on duty Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most weekends— help provide an educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Postcard 1933

Click here for more information about the history of the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park.

Ribbon Cutting
November 2, 2018 Ribbon Cutting

The Riedman Foundation, in conjunction with the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsford Rotary, held a ribbon cutting on November 2, 2018 to unveil a new kiosk at the Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery. Click here for more information.

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