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June 13, 2021

6/7/2021 11:58:00 AM
24th Annual Hackensack's Children's Fishing Contest Begins June 15
By Bill Kennedy

This year we are celebrating our 24th Anniversary of the Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest. What do Hackensack, Tuesdays and Fishing have in common? You guessed it, the Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest is about to begin. It's fishing time in Hackensack and the local fishing pier is put to use for the State of Minnesota's premier Children's Fishing Contest. Most days there are at least 100 kids or more plus parents and grandparents flocking to the fishing contest. The pier is transformed from a quiet serene place to pure organized pandemonium. It's time to dust off the old fishing rods, check the tackle boxes, get them set, and find your life vest (PFD).

On Sweetheart Days Tuesday (July 13th, 2021) we remember those volunteers that have helped our contest and have passed. Without these wonderful volunteers, this contest would not exist for the kids. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us on this day!

The Hackensack's Children's Fishing Contest is every Tuesday from 11:00 to 12:30 at the city fishing pier in downtown Hackensack. You might want to come early so you can get registered to have a chance at the prize for first fish of the day in each age group. That prize is usually won in the first 30 seconds of the contest.

At 11 o'clock, "START" will be heard by all and the fishing will begin. During the contest day contestants and families can help themselves to free hot dogs and pop. At 11:15 the minnow races will begin and at 11:30 the casting contest will start. Everything will finish up at 12:30 with prize distribution to follow. We usually finish up by 1pm.

We do have some used equipment that can be checked out on a first come first served basis. If you forget something, we usually have plenty of whatever you need and will get you back out fishing. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page and our website at

After 23 years, we have had 23,341 kids fish the contest and they have caught and released 71,372 fish. None of this would be possible without the dedicated help of the many volunteers (Almost 30 every week), and the many sponsors who donate their time, money, and prizes faithfully every year. We have had children from as far away as Atsugi, Japan; Glasgow, Scotland; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Düsseldorf, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; all over Canada, and from most states in the US. For a lot of the kids, it is their first fishing experience. We try to make it a memorable one.

Most of last years sponsors have already committed for this year and many phone calls have been made to entice more sponsors to donate. It takes a lot of effort to put this event on and many thanks to those who help promote our event all year long. If you or your company would like to help with our contest, please feel free to contact Bill Kennedy @ 218.838.9468 or email at Remember, Bring your own personal floatation device (Life Vest) and fishing pole and we will supply the bait and fun!

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