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Children's Fishing Derbies Provide Spring and Summer Fun for the Whole
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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division
of Fish and Wildlife will stock a variety of warmwater fish at more than
105 children's fishing events throughout the state this spring and
summer. Approximately 10,000 sunfish, 2,500 channel catfish and a mix
of hundreds of brown bullhead, largemouth b [no swearing please] and black crappie are
slated for stocking by the Division's Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery
in Warren County.

These derbies, sponsored by such groups as the DEP's Division of Parks
and Forestry, county park commissions, municipalities, police
organizations and others, provide youngsters (and their parents) a
fun-filled introduction to the sport of fishing. For many youngsters,
participating in one of these events is a brand new experience, and as a
result many parents thrill to sight of their son or daughter reeling in
their very first fish on derby day!

With 40 events hosted already, the Division is looking forward to
providing fish for nearly 50 more derbies throughout 18 counties in June
alone! The Derby season itself will continue through September. Handling
demonstrations and fishing instruction accompany many of these events
where knowledgeable Division staff members are on hand to assist both
seasoned and first-time participants.

For more information on the Division's Children's Fishing Derby Program
and to view a list of upcoming events, click on the following link:
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/artderby.htm

Aspiring anglers should also note that June 11 and 12 are Free Fishing
Days in New Jersey. Visit the Division's Web site at
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ffd.htm for more information and to
take advantage of these two days specifically set aside to introduce
families to this wonderful sport.

To read the web version of this information, click on the following
link:
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2005/derbies05.htm
 
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