Fishing Derby

May 6, 2023

Location TBD

Cub Scout fishing in a canoe

The fishing tournament is for Cub Scouts (kindergarten through 5th grade), families and friends thinking about joining Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts love to fish. Cub Scouts will compete to catch the longest, smallest and most fish by rank.





What to Bring

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending
  • Fishing pole (a fishing license is not required)
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Water bottle or cup
  • Hand cleaner (e.g., hand sanitizer, baby wipes, paper towels)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (any Scout t-shirt) 
  • Optional: chair, hat, water, snacks, tackle box




Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).


  1. All participants must be registered or considering registration in Cub Scouts or a sibling of a Cub Scout.
  2. All Cub Scouts must have a parent or guardian with them at all times. No exceptions!
  3. All fish must be caught with a rod only. Only one rod or pole per Cub Scout. Scouts must furnish their own rod, pole, tackle, and net, if desired. Hint: use hook #10.
  4. All fish must be caught during the one-hour fishing time (8:30-9:30).
  5. The Cub Scouts must hook, bring in and land the fish on the pier. Each fish must be recorded (on the badge given to them at registration) and measured by an authorized judge (by the flags) in order to qualify. Only authorized judges can accept and record fish.  On all matters, the decisions of the judges shall be final.
  6. All fish will qualify. Any fish that is not kept for bait or consumption will be recorded and released. Only legal fish may be kept.
  7. All fish will be measured according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife measurement tips.
  8. When a tie exists between qualified potential winners (on smallest & longest categories) the one with the most fish caught will be the lead winner. When a tie exists in "the Most" category, the person with the longest overall inches of fish will be the lead winner.
  9. All Cub Scouts will be entered into a drawing for additional tournament prizes. Only one prize will be awarded per Cub Scout. The Cub Scout must be present at the award ceremony to accept the prize.
  10. Upon entering the pier, each Cub Scout will be provided with bait; however, any bait (live or artificial) may be used.
  11. Parents/Guardians may not touch the rod and reel while it is in the water. Parents/guardians may only help very young Cub Scouts, if absolutely necessary, but the Cub Scouts should do most of the work. This is a youth event. 

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      Sweet Sixteen      Enterprise Risk Management

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For registration questions, contact the Fishing Derby chair or district activities chair.