River Day: Fishing + Family = Fun!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The fish were biting last Saturday, during the 15th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby.  Sixty-seven kids (and their parents) braved the unseasonably chilly temperatures for a chance to catch one of the 850 rainbow trout that were released into the Clinton River at Riverside Park.

Volunteers from Vanguard Trout Unlimited assisted participants with fishing gear and helped unhook fish, which was helpful with many kids landing more than one fish that morning. One of the main reasons so many kids caught a trout that day was due in large part to the generous donations made by Detroit Metro Steelheaders, Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited and General Towing.  Their donation enabled the City almost to double the amount of trout released for the event.

While not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a trout, everyone walked away with a raffle prize. Prizes included tackle boxes, fishing nets, hats, Uncle Buck’s cheese curls and over 60 slightly used rod and reel combos donated by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

If you missed the derby, there are still plenty of fish and time to test your fishing skills in downtown Auburn Hills Riverside Park or River Woods Park – both located along the banks of the Clinton River.

For those interested in becoming more involved in increasing and/or promoting the fishing opportunities in the area, please visit:

Detroit Area Steelheaders 

Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited

Vanguard Trout Unlimited

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php or www.crwc.org.

A special thank you to all our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.

Big Fish and Sunshine Bring Smiles to Auburn Hills Fishing Derby

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

In celebration of River Day, the City of Auburn Hills held its 13th Annual Fishing Derby at Riverside Park this past Saturday.  This year 127 young anglers lined the banks of the Clinton River with the goal of catching any one of the 550 rainbow trout the City had stocked at Riverside Park in Downtown Auburn Hills.


This year’s sunny weather made it more enjoyable for all those who participated in the derby as did the raffle at the end.  Thanks to the generous support from all the Fishing Derby Sponsors, all 127 kids walked away with a prize.

Mom & Son

The days that follow the Derby will be the real challenge for the avid angler, in trying to locate the fishing holes where the trout now reside.  As in years past, the trout will continue to reside in the waters of Auburn Hills for several months, growing bigger each day.


For information on what you can do to protect our rivers, lakes and streams and resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php.