Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest resumes on Tuesdays

Participants reminded to bring flotation device, fishing rod.


The Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest is celebrating its 24th year when it resumes Tuesday, June 15, at the Hackensack fishing pier.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 17. During Sweetheart Days - Tuesday, July 13 - there will be a moment to remember volunteers who have helped with the contest but have since died.

Early registration is recommended to improve the chances of winning a prize for first fish, which is often won within the first 30 seconds of the contest each week. There are also free hot dogs and soda.

At 11:15 a.m., minnow races begin, and at 11:30 a.m., casting will start with prize distribution at 12:30 p.m. Usually prizes are distributed before 1 p.m. Families should try to bring their own personal flotation device and fishing pole. Bait will be provided.

Some used equipment is available to be checked out on a first come, first served basis. Pictures from past events are available at the Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest web page or


There have been a reported 23,341 children who have competed in the contest with 71,372 fish caught and released. Sponsors help make the program possible. Those interested in being a sponsor can contact Bill Kennedy at 218-838-9468 or

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