Kids Opening Day Trout Contest At Spring Lake On April 6 - The Fisherman

Kids Opening Day Trout Contest At Spring Lake On April 6

The Shark River Surf Anglers (SRSA) are pleased to announce the return of the Trout Contest for Kids at Spring Lake on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. As always, it is offered free of charge to all children ages 15 and under.

Exciting prizes will be a huge part of the day, as SRSA awards a sensational grand prize to an overall winner, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to individual winners in each of four different age categories. Each and every contestant will go home a winner, as all participants will leave with at least a “goody bag” prize filled with gifts.

Once again in 2024, over 500 trout will be arriving by tanker truck on Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. near Mercer Avenue to be stocked in Spring Lake in advance of the event.  SRSA is inviting kids to come out and help stock the lake with new fish, some true trophy class trout that should lead to some wild cheers come the following Saturday.

The ‘23 Shark River Surf Anglers Kids Trout Contest grand prize winner Forrest Black shows off his tourney winning 6-pound, 14-ounce brown trout that earned the then 12-year-old a grand prize package awarded by club President Greg Hueth and VP Ken Morse.

“On the day of the event, we set up tents on the north side of the lake to serve as our headquarters, where SRSA club members are available to answer questions, provide fishing guidance and instruction, and supply bait and tackle to all that may need it,” said Greg Hueth with the Shark River Surf Anglers.  Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m.

Thanks to the generous donations by their event sponsors, organizers are also able to offer free hot chocolate, donuts, bagels, hot dogs, chips, juice, ice cream and soda to participants and their families throughout the day. For more information visit the club website at

Better yet, come out to Spring Lake on April 6 to watch this incredible event unfold, and bring the kids aged 15 and under for a chance to make a lifetime of memories on opening day of the New Jersey’s 2024 trout season.



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