The Cops and Bobbers Fishing Derby is designed to get kids hooked on fishing! This family-friendly event began in 2006 and is hosted by the Monmouth Police Department. It is usually held in May at Citizen's Lake, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., for ages 2-15. 2017 date TBA.

Citizen's Lake is divided each year for the derby. One section is stocked with 700 1- to 2-pound channel catfish. The other section has 800 5- to 7-inch hybrid bluegill.

"Every year, we put in one or two albino catfish, and kids get a $25 prize for catching one," said MPD Investigator Jimmy McVey, who coordinates the fishing derby. "Kids can keep what they catch if they want. Some people have never caught, scaled and eaten fresh fish from a pond before."

Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.

Participants are asked to bring their own fishing pole and bait if possible. (A few spares are available.) Please note: Anyone 16 years of age and older assisting needs to have a valid fishing license. 

Citizen's Lake is located on the west edge of Monmouth, at the intersection of Highway 34/67 Bypass and Highway 164.