NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Fishing season officially kicked off in New Providence with the 2019 New Providence Annual Trout Fishing Derby last Saturday. 

It could have been the overnight heavy rain or the blustery cold winds on Saturday -- but, the fish weren't biting. With the pond at Oakwood Park stocked with 94 Rainbow trout of all sizes and six lunkers -- there were six prizes on the line. Michael Czar  (age 10) of New Providence, caught the first and only lunker of the day. He was awarded a $200 grand prize Amazon card donated by the PBA.

The derby is co-sponsored by the New Providence PBA Local 132 and the Recreation Department. Saturday marked Patty Kummer's last fishing derby as a Recreation employee and she was presented with a gift basket by the PBA in honor of her retirement and in appreciation of her support over the years. "Patty has been instrumental in this event's continued success," said Corporal Mike Hand. 

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The PBA provided refreshments, snacks and prizes. Starbucks donated the coffee.  

The fishing derby officially started at 8 a.m. with a large turnout of families that lined the pond casting their lines to catch anything. At 11 a.m., with only one lunker caught, the PBA raffled off the $25 Amazon gift card prizes to five lucky winners.

  • Ella Welters, 6; Miriam Lawler, 9; Brian Morgan, 9; Jack Cohen, 10; Joe Venza, 9 

Beyond just catching fish, this annual event is a great opportunity for families to come out and simply enjoy being together. 

The recreation department invites anyone in the community with a fishing license to cast a line for the remaining fish. There is a six fish limit per regulations of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Fishermen between 16 and 69 years of age are required to have a fishing license with a trout stamp which can be obtained at any sporting goods store. Additional information regarding licenses is available on the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife website: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/als/websalesintro.htm.

Like the New Providence PBA Local 132 Facebook page to learn more about the activities of the PBA, including their upcoming ride to Washington DC in honor of fallen officers and the possibility of future "Fish with a Cop" outings.