Fishing Derbies

Bayshore Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 21 from 4-7 p.m. 
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

fishing at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Get hooked on fishing while competing in our second annual saltwater fishing derby. Fun for the whole family, this derby is 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 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 tournament. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish caught in three different age categories, see derby rules for more information. Only fishing from the beach is allowed.

Pre-registration is suggested; however, walk-ins are welcome.

The cost is $8 per person; $4 each additional person; cash or check only on day of.

Program #XD262X | Online Registration 

Freshwater Fishing Derby

Saturday, June 18 from 2-5 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell 

Sunday, June 19 from 2-5 p.m. 
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold 

fishing at Turkey Swamp Park

The Park System is hosting its third annual fishing derbies at Turkey Swamp Park and Manasquan Reservoir 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 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. See derby rules for more details (provided upon registration). A container of worms included with each registration.

The cost is $25 per family of 4; $8 per person. Online registration available starting May 4.  Cash or check only for event day registration.

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Saturday, June 18 from 2-5 p.m. 
Free fishing clinic from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold
Sunday, June 19 from 2-5 p.m.  
Free fishing clinic from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Fishing Pole Rentals    
Available on a first come, first served basis.
The cost is $5 per pole.  Walk-ins are welcome! Cash or check only on site.