Essex County Park's fishing derbies are the perfect opportunity to get outside, fish, and learn about the historic parks system. Spend quality time with family and friends in the beautiful parks. Come out and cast your lines while experiencing the improvements being made to revitalize the park.

The derbies are free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and must bring their own fishing pole, bait, bucket and chair. Prizes will be given in various age categories, for both catching the first and the most fish. Awards will be given at the conclusion of the event.

Derby Dates:

Saturday, April 22nd: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Prudential Concert Grove; on-site registration begins at 11 a.m., the derby begins at 12 noon.

Thursday, May 11th: Essex County Grover Cleveland Park Pond; on-site registration begins at 5 p.m., the derby begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 13th: Essex County Irvington Park Pond; on-site registration begins at 11 a.m., the derby begins at 12 noon and awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 18th: Essex County Verona Park Boathouse; on-site registration begins at 5 p.m., the derby begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 20th: Essex County Weequahic Park Lake; on-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 10th: Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park Pond; on-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 17th: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex; on-site registration begins at 8 a.m., the derby begins at 9 a.m.