fishing 

Bayshore Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 16 from 4-7 p.m. at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

Come get hooked on fishing while competing in our second annual saltwater fishing derby. This derby is fun for the whole family and open to beginners as well as experienced anglers. No experience in saltwater fishing? Let us teach you how to rig and cast your fishing pole. Then join our Park System Naturalists as they conduct free seining demonstrations and help them identify what they catch. Finally, try landing the longest fish. Participants must supply their own fishing poles, tackle and bait for the fishing tournament. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish caught in three different age categories. Only fishing from the beach is allowed. Pre-registration is suggested; however, walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: $8 Per Person or  $4 Additional Person (cash or check only on day of)
Program - XA952X | Online Registration 

Freshwater Fishing Derby

Saturday, June 20 from 2-5 p.m. at Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center, Howell  

Sunday, June 21 from 2-5 p.m. at
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold   
Take advantage of NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual No-License-Required fishing weekend on June 20 and 21 during the Park System’s third annual fishing derbies for beginners as well as experienced anglers. So, come out and get hooked on a new hobby! No idea how to fish? No problem! Our staff will provide FREE hands-on clinics from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  to show you how to cast, how to rig and answer any questions you may have. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in three different categories. Pre-registration is suggested; walk-ins are welcomed. A container of worms included with each registration.

Cost: $25 Per Family of 4 or $8 Per Person (cash or check only on day of)  
Fishing Pole Rental Cost: $5 Per Pole (available on site, cash or check only) 
Manasquan Reservoir Derby - Program #X0253X | Online Registration
Turkey Swamp Park Derby -  Program #X0353X  | Online Registration