Fishing Derby - Opening Day 2018

Fishing Derby - Opening Day April 14th from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.

Historic Riverton Fishing Derby Provides Much More Than the Big Catch


The much-anticipated Riverton Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, April 14th on the West Branch of the Farmington Riverton.

Sponsored by the Barkhamsted Historical Society, the event begins with the traditional pancake breakfast at 4am at the Riverton Fire Department and continues with the derby, which is open to the public, starting at 6am at the sound of the bell and ends at 10am. Contestants bring their catches to the Riverton Fire Department for the official weigh in.

Upriver from the Riverton Bridge off of School Street, Zak’s Pool will be the area designated for kids 10 and under. This area is safe for the younger kids and roomy for parents to bring a chair and watch by the bonfire.  In addition, Uncle Aaron’s Tackle Shack & Tony Fillie will have a dozen rod and reels ready to be used for the derby including bait.

The traditional grand prize is a Hitchcock chair donated by Hitchcock Chair Company located in Riverton.  In addition, other prizes include a half-day guided fly fishing tour from Orvis as well as gifts from local merchants.

These fish are purchased through donations by the Connecticut Horse Cremation, Farmington River Angler’s Association, HK Dairy Barn, The Northwest Sportsman’s Council and many other local organizations and individuals. This year, the Trophy Trout Club held their first annual Pasta Dinner fund raiser which was a success. The goal this year was to raise 10,000.00 to purchase the fish to be stocked and this was accomplished!

The stocking is Friday the 13th, 5pm at the bridge in Riverton.  The Trophy Trout club will be there to hand out t-shirts to all the kids who participate.

For information on the derby, you can contact the Riverton General Store at 860-379-0811.

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