mcps freshwater fishingPHOTO: Fishing at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

HOWELL & FREEHOLD - Calling all anglers!  The Monmouth County Park System is hosting its Freshwater Fishing Derby on Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17.  Open to both beginner and experienced anglers, the event also features free fishing clinics.  The fun starts on Saturday, June 16 at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell, with a hands-on fishing clinic from 12:30-1:30 p.m. During the clinic, Park System staff will cover how to cast and rig and will answer questions.  Then the fishing derby will be held from 2-5 p.m. On Sunday, June 17, the action moves to Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold. Once again a free hands-on fishing clinic will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by the fishing derby from 2-5 p.m. 


Prizes will be awarded each day for the longest fish in three different categories. Derby rules provided upon registration.  Anglers can bring their own fishing pole or rent one for $5.  The cost of each day of the fishing derby is $25 per family of four or $8 per person.  A container of worms is included with each registration.  Pre-registration is suggested; walk-ins are welcome.  Onsite registration is cash or check only.

To learn more about the Freshwater Fishing Derby or to register, please visit or call the Park System at 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.