Young North Plainfield Anglers to Cast Off April 29 at Annual Fishing Derby

North Plainfield's 46th Annual Fishing Derby will be held at Green Acres Park on April 29; rain date April 30.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three largest catches.
North Plainfield's 46th Annual Fishing Derby will be held at Green Acres Park on April 29; rain date April 30.

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Young anglers 14 years of age and under looking to secure the day’s biggest catch will gather at Green Acres Park on Saturday, April 29 for the North Plainfield Department of Parks and Recreation’s 46th annual Fishing Derby.

“This is one of the longest-running events in the borough and it has always been held at Green Acres,” said Joe Irovando, assistant director of the borough’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “Today, people I remember coming as children are now bringing their own kids.”

For the fishing derby, the pond will be stocked with more than 100 trout ranging from 11 to 19 inches. Participants must bring their own poles, bait and other equipment. Additionally, this year, prizes will be awarded for the top three largest catches.

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“Come out, do some fishing, and spend some time with your children,” said Irovando.

The fishing derby is free, open to North Plainfield children only, ages 5 to 14, and will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with registration taking place day of at Green Acres Park. To accommodate participants, T-ball scheduled for April 29 will begin at 1 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the derby will be held Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

For additional information, visit the North Plainfield Department of Recreation website at Updates regarding weather will be posted on the department’s Facebook page,, and on the Recreation Hotline at 908-756-0247.

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