Fishing Derby

$50 Per Unit Registration Cost Due At Day of Event

Special Prizes for those units which pre-register. Register today at no-cost. 

ApriL 15,2023 @ Patoka

List of Prizes

Imagine a lucky scout or cub scout pulling in a award winning fish… Nice way to have some fun and even fundraising for your own unit. Look below for Rules and Regs:

  • 1st Prize = $600 for the longest bass in length (last year)
  • 2nd Prize = $500 for the largest fish in length-non-bass (last year)
  • 3rd and more… posted that morning 

*** All money prizes will be given in the form of a VISA card to the adult leader representing the troop, pack, crew or post. 

* No boating

* Catch and Release

* Dedicated judging stations

* Any currently registered cub, scout or scouter is eligible.

* Troop 119 judges have final call on length.



The official program is Saturday 8:30am to 4:30p Saturday afternoon.


Even though the program doesn’t have camping, the Indiana DNR has set aside electric campsites at Patoka just for any unit who wants to come in Friday night or stay till Sunday for $2/person – paid to the Indiana DNR. Those fees will be charged at the campground station. There are also gate fees which will be asked at the entrance of Patoka State Park.

Patoka Lake Marina:

Located outside Patoka Lake Park. Small cabins available. 10% off regular price. You must mention you are registered for the BSA Fishing Derby. Reservations are recommended.


Free BaIT and TaCKLE throughout the day!

We will be giving out free bait and tackle throughout the day that Saturday. 

$50 - Unit Fee

If you have 2 people in your unit or 50, it’s $50 per unit to register for the tournament paid to Troop 119. Registration monies must be turned in prior to starting to fish at the registration station. (Signs will direct you once you get into the park). Pre-register online- below.

Contact us

If you have a question about the event or would like to know more about becoming a sponsor, please reach out to us and we will gladly pick up that conversation.

Rules and Regs

Luckily we have the Scout Oath and Law to guide us all at this event. We still need to make sure everyone understands what local and state laws & permits are required. 

Rules for Fishing Derby

  • The Fishing Derby will begin on Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30 am, and run until 4:30 pm.
  • All units must sign in at the registration desk before fishing. No fish will be judged until the unit is checked in for the Derby.
  • All units must provide a contact phone number at registration.
  • All Scouts and Scouters are required to have an updated Scouting Medical Form. The Medical Forms must be available during the Fishing Derby.
  • Only Registered Scouts and Scouters can participate in the Fishing Derby.
  • All adults and any person 17 years old or older must have an Indiana Fishing License to be able to fish. An Indiana Fishing License can be purchased online at // Fishing licenses can also be obtained at most sporting stores. In addition, Patoka Station outside the park may have license, as well as, the Patoka Lake Park office. It is advisable to have the fishing license before coming to the Derby.
  • Units can bring their own bait or purchase bait outside the Patoka Lake Park at Patoka Station.
  • Units are responsible for bringing their fishing gear and containers to hold their fish. All fish must be alive to be counted and measured. No dead fish will be counted or measured. The fish will be released at various parts of the lake once they are counted and measured.
  • ON SHORE FISHING ONLY. No boats of any type will be allowed during the Fishing Derby (motor or boats without motors including kayaks and canoes).
  • There will be designated fishing areas for the Derby.
  • Any bait is acceptable; however, minnows cannot be released back into the lake once they are used or if the person has any left after fishing.

We Are Saving For Yellowstone in 2023

“We are fundraising for a major trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2023”

- Tony Zizak Scoutmaster

“We hope to see you when it's warmer at Patoka!”

- Troop 119

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