Essex County offers fishing derbies for youngsters

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s 2016 fishing derbies have been announced.

The events will be held in seven locations in the Essex County Park System. Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole, bait, bucket and chair. Prizes in various age categories for catching the first and most fish will be awarded at the conclusion of each derby.

The remaining fishing derbies in the summer schedule will be held as follows:
• Saturday, May 7: Essex County Grover Cleveland Park Pond, Brookside Avenue and Runnymede Road, Caldwell/Essex Fells. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m. Derby is co-sponsored by the Roseland Recreation Department.
• Saturday, May 14: Essex County Irvington Park Pond, Grove Street and Lyons Avenue, Irvington. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m.

• Thursday, May 19: Essex County Verona Park Boathouse, Bloomfield and Lakeside avenues, Verona. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m., the derby begins
at 6 p.m. and awards will be presented at 7:45 p.m.
• Saturday, May 21: Essex County Weequahic Park Lake, Elizabeth and Meeker avenues, Newark. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m.
• Saturday, June 11: Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park Pond, Center and Harrison streets, Orange. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m.
• Saturday, June 18: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, Orange Reservoir, Paddle Boat area. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m.

For additional information, call 973-735-6229. The fishing derbies will be held rain or shine.

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