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Childrenís Fishing Derbies Provide Spring and Summer Fun for the Whole Family

June 3, 2005

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protectionís (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock a variety of warmwater fish at more than 105 children's fishing events throughout the state this spring and summer. Approximately 10,000 sunfish, 2,500 channel catfish and a mix of hundreds of brown bullhead, largemouth bass and black crappie are slated for stocking by the Division's Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery in Warren County.

These derbies, sponsored by such groups as the DEPís Division of Parks and Forestry, county park commissions, municipalities, police organizations and others, provide youngsters (and their parents) a fun-filled introduction to the sport of fishing. For many youngsters, participating in one of these events is a brand new experience, and as a result many parents thrill to sight of their son or daughter reeling in their very first fish on derby day!

With 40 events hosted already, the Division is looking forward to providing fish for nearly 50 more derbies throughout 18 counties in June alone! The Derby season itself will continue through September. Handling demonstrations and fishing instruction accompany many of these events where knowledgeable Division staff members are on hand to assist both seasoned and first-time participants.

For more information on the Divisionís Childrenís Fishing Derby Program and to view a list of upcoming events, click on the following link:

Aspiring anglers should also note that June 11 and 12 are Free Fishing Days in New Jersey. Visit for more information and to take advantage of these two days specifically set aside to introduce families to this wonderful sport.

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Last Updated: June 3, 2005