Free Fishing Days Planned For Father’s Day Weekend

TRENTON – In its annual weekend event to introduce freshwater fishing to families and novices across the state, New Jersey is holding Free Fishing Days on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced this week.

On these two special days, anglers have the opportunity to try freshwater fishing without needing to purchase a license or a trout stamp. The weekend event is designed to get families hooked on a new, exciting activity, while also giving out-of-state visitors a chance to sample New Jersey’s waters for fishing.

“Free Fishing Days provide the perfect opportunity for families and friends to discover the simple pleasures of fishing and enjoying time together in the outdoors,” Martin said. “As the word spreads about the exceptional fishing here in New Jersey, a growing number of out-of-state anglers also come here for their free fishing opportunity every June.’’

Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week. While no license or trout stamp is needed, other regulations, including size and daily catch limits remain in effect.

“Cold, clear streams support a top rate year-round trout fishery and our warm-water fishing is spectacular thanks to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s development of fisheries for a number of popular game fish over the last 25 years,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Chanda.

“Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass fisheries are now thriving and New Jersey anglers routinely catch many world-class sized fish,” he said

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