Souhwest Lake Michigan Salmon Series

6th Annual Salmon Unlimited Kids Derby

September 13, 2014

Another great year at the kids shore fishing derby at Waukegan Harbor had over 100 kids sign up for fish, food, prizes and family fun! The kids had some very impressive catches from the harbor including 4 king salmon averaging 13 lbs, steelhead trout, brown trout, northern pike, and of course lots and lots of gobeys.

Big Fish winners Salmon Unlimited Kid’s Fishing Derby

Under 13

Mathew Straus 1.8 oz - Brown trout, Darien IL
Mike Frangiadakis – 1.8 oz. Crayfish, Arlington Heights IL
Pierce Gray – 13.4 Lb King Salmon, McHenry IL
Cassidy Anders – 2.1 OZ Steelhead, Sturtevant WI
Nick Anders – 2.1 OZ Bluegill, Sturtevant WI
Eli Welch – 2.0 OZ Rock Bass, Antioch IL
Bobby Motta – 3.4 OZ Goby, Joliet IL
Eli Welch - Most fish caught 49, Antioch IL
Casey Wood 48, Vernon Hills IL
Noah Welch 44, Antioch IL
Bobby Motta 34, Joliet IL

14 and over

Steve Hogan – 13.2 LB King Salmon, Waukegan IL
Micah Henke – 1.7 OZ. Steelhead, Grayslake IL
Alvaro Arganda - 2.3 OZ Rock Bass, Libertyville IL
Hope Kluetgen – 4.6 LB Northern Pike, Glenview IL
Mathew Paluga – 2.1 OZ Goby, Libertyville IL
Mathew Paluga – Most fish caught 51, Libertyville IL

Other Big Salmon Caught

Connor Kelly with a little help from Dad. 14.4 LB King Salmon, Oak Forest IL (photo)
Nicholas Mikrut – 13.2 LB King Salmon, Harwood Heights IL
Dylan Kutzer – 12.6 LB King Salmon, Island Lake IL

The Salmon Unlimited Kid's Derby is an open fishing derby for kids up to 18 years of age. Our goal is to introduce fishing as a fun and constructive way to spent quality time outdoors, with family and friends. By promoting responsible management of our natural resources to today's young people, we hope to foster a sense of stewardship for the environment. We believe it is very important for children to enjoy the fishing experience in a safe environment, as they learn to appreciate the sport and the opportunities it provides. With emphasis on the concepts of catch & release, selective harvest and ethical sportsmanship, we hope all participants will learn to become advocates for the lake and the fishery.

Kids Derby Photo Galleries: 2013... 2012... 2011... 2010
2014 Gallery To Come. Stay Tuned...

2015 Kids Derby

Don't miss the chance to spend a day in the fresh air and sunshine with your children (or even grandchildren). Join us at our annual Salmon Unlimited Kids Fishing Derby. There will be lots of prizes for the kids, free lunch and drinks for everyone, and plenty of fish stories, too. All children under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No fishing experience is necessary, and volunteers will be on-hand to assist the kids (and adults) throughout the event.

Where: Waukegan Harbor in the Waukegan Port District Building Directions

When: T.B.D. from 7am to 12pm

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.

2014 Registration form.

Or use the online registration form below.

Online Registration Is Closed
*First Name: *Last: *Age:
*City *State: *Zip:

Parent/Guardian information required if participant is 13 or under.




Lake County News-Sun Article: "Salmon Unlimited gets kids hooked on fishing"

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