Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest celebrates 25 years

Fishing contest will run Tuesdays through Aug. 16 at the fishing pier in downtown Hackensack

Max H., of Tampa, Florida, won the casting contest during week two of the Hackensack Children’s Fishing Contest.
A Tampa, Florida, boy won a past casting contest during a Hackensack Children’s Fishing Contest.

HACKENSACK — The Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest is celebrating its 25th year.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the fishing pier in downtown Hackensack through Aug. 16. Early registration is recommended for the best chance at the first fish of the day in each age group, often won in the first 30 seconds.

Contestants and families are welcome to free hot dogs and pop. Other events include minnow races at 11:15 a.m. and a casting contest at 11:30 a.m. Prizes are awarded for various categories at the end of the contest.

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Used fishing equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should bring their own life jacket and fishing pole. Bait is provided.

Photos from past year's events are on the Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest website. After 24 years the contest boasts getting 24,029 kids out to fish, catching and releasing 72,968 fish. Participants have come from all over the country as well as Atsugi, Japan; Glasgow, Scotland; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Düsseldorf, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; and all over Canada.


Interested volunteers or sponsors can reach Bill Kennedy at 218-8938-9468 or at

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