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First Catch Center Workshop – Fishing for Catfish

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


NJ Fish & Wildlife’s First Catch Center at Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery is excited to offer three workshops this fall! These workshops will provide everything you’ll need for beginners interested in learning to fish, targeting new fish species, or the first opportunity to fish with your family. These workshops are introductory and will cover fish biology; how to set up equipment; safety practices; bait and tackle choices; how to cast; and fishing regulations. Participants will put their new skills to practice with a fishing experience. All bait, tackle and equipment will be provided.

Workshop Fee: FREE

To Register: Complete the online registration form, links below. Registration is limited.
You must have a Conservation ID# (CID#) to apply.
Instructions for creating an online profile and CID#.


  • Registration is limited.
  • Anglers 16 and older are required to have a valid 2023 NJ Freshwater Fishing license to participate in the work-shop.
  • NJ Residents, under 16 and 70 and older do not need a fishing license, but can create a CID# or retrieve an existing CID# for free by following the instructions above.

New Jersey has fantastic catfish fishing opportunities throughout the state in various freshwater lakes and ponds. Participants 18 years and older new to fishing or anglers looking to target catfish, this workshop is for you!


Program Information

Questions: Contact Karen at karen.byrne@dep.nj.gov.

For more information, please visit New Jersey Outdoors Program at New Jersey Fish and Wildlife.


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Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery
23 Reese Ave
Hackettstown, NJ 07840 United States
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