The Great Kansas Fishing Derby

The 2022 Great Kansas Fishing Derby is a KDWP managed tagged fish contest hosted at 40 locations with hundreds of prizes. 

Rules are simple = Unless you are exempt by law, you need a fishing license to fish and redeem a tag. That's it!  Just go fishing! When you catch a tagged fish at a conest water, remove the tag and go online to to redeem. No registration is required.

A list of locations and additional information is available at  Also, you can enter our prize drawing (one entry per person) for a chance to win without catching a fish.


Prizes for the derby are sponsored by KDWP, Kansas WildScape Foundation (, the Bass Pro/Cabela's Outdoor Fund (, Firewater Music Festival, What's In Outdoors/KVOE, City of Independence, Independence Recreation Commission, Kansas State Fair, City of Great Bend, and many local sponsors.  For a complete list, visit the derby website.  Make sure to thank them if you visit their locations.

Prize include gift cards, fishing gear, memberships, fireworks, cabin stays, experiences, concert tickets, CASH, and more!  All have a value of $20 or more. PLUS, all anglers who redeem a valid derby tag will be entered into a drawing for a Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License sponsored by Kansas Wildscape Foundation

If you are interested in sponsoring tags, please contact David Breth at or call 620-672-5911

2022 Derby Lakes (PDF - 106.40 kB)

Download this PDF for a list of all 40 locations in 2022.