Kids Fishing Derby

Over the years, thousands of children and their families have participated in our fishing derby. The derby takes place at three Fish Hatchery ponds that have been stocked with catfish and bream. Most participants brought their own fishing poles and bait, although a good supply of free bait and fishing poles is available at no charge.

Food and drink are provided for the participants and their families, and there is never any charge for anyone participating in this event.

Trophies for the largest single fish and most total pounds of fish are awarded immediately following the derby for two age groups – ages six and under, and ages seven to twelve. Door prizes are also provided by The Richmond Hill Exchange Club and Waterways Township.

Special thanks to the many Exchange Club members who have helped make this event a success over the years, and also to the staff members from the local DNR Offices and Fish Hatchery, without whose hard work and great facilities our event would not be possible.

Mark Your Calendar for the 34th Annual Kids Fishing Derby! Saturday, June 6, 2024

Club members pose with their Coca Cola cooler
A group gathers to do some fishing
Kids fishing group pose after the day of fun


We meet from noon–1PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Richmond Hill City Center. Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome.

Membership is a great way to get involved in making Bryan County a better place to live, stay up to date on current area events, network with others of similar interests, and develop your own leadership skills.

Help us make a difference with fundraising, too. Here's just a few things we do:

  • Annual School Calendar
  • Casino Night to Prevent Child Abuse
  • Pinwheel and CAP Pin Sales

Our operating expenses are paid by member dues, so all net proceeds from fundraising events go to support various community projects. Dues are currently $100 per quarter, one of the best bargains available among all civic and service organizations. Learn more about the benefits:

The Value of Exchange Club Membership Informational Flyer (PDF)