It's time to break out the fishing rods in New Jersey. The 2024 trout season is just around the corner, officially beginning on April 6 at 8 a.m.

This year, trout season in Spring Lake kicks off with what has become a local tradition for kids all over The Garden State. Even before the season is underway, the municipality gets the lake ready with the help of New Jersey’s youngest residents.

A week before the opening day of trout season, kids from all over New Jersey will gather at Spring Lake to help get the waters ready for the upcoming 2024 season. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, trucks will arrive loaded with trout ready to be stocked.

It's a great event not only for kids but adults alike. A bonus event that all are invited to where the kids can be part of the action at the intersection of East Lake and Mercer Avenues in Spring Lake, NJ.

Ever wonder what that looks like? Check out the photos below from one of the past year's events to see just how they do it, followed by details on this year's Shark River Surf Anglers 2024 Trout Contest for Kids.

Ever wonder how lakes are stocked? These NJ kids show you how at Spring Lake

Such a great event for kids to get involved with ahead of New Jersey's trout fishing season.

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Contest Details

The annual Shark River Surf Anglers 2024 Trout Contest for Kids is taking place on Saturday, April 6, 2024, beginning at 8 a.m. sharp along Spring Lake, in Spring Lake, NJ.

All kids will walk away with something just for participating. For those who do hook a fish, there will be additional prizes to be won including trophies, rods, and more.

One word of advice though if you're thinking of taking part in the contest. Make sure you arrive early if you want to grab the best fishing spots.

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As in years past, participants from all over New Jersey will be trying to squeeze in wherever they can along the shoreline. And because of the popularity of the contest, it might be tough to find an ideal fishing area if you arrive a bit on the late side.

The contest ends at 1:30 p.m., with prizes being awarded by the club tent near the intersection of East Lake and Mercer Avenues beginning at 2 p.m.


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The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 Sunday morning host Mike Brant. Any opinions expressed are his own.

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