Fish on! Free freshwater fishing this Saturday in N.J.

    (Photo: Vastateparksstaff via Flickr)

    (Photo: Vastateparksstaff via Flickr)

    Freshwater fishing is free throughout New Jersey this Saturday, state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced. 

    During the bi-annual “Free Fishing Days,” anglers can enjoy fishing along the state’s hundreds of local ponds and thousands of miles of streams and river without having to purchase a license or trout stamp, according to the DEP. The year will also feature the Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge.

    “Free Fishing Days, as well as the Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge, are excellent examples of how children and families can spend time together to learn about fishing and visit some of the many great fishing locations found around New Jersey,” Martin said. “These programs also help remind residents and visitors that our state has an abundance of pristine waterways.”

    The young challenge events, for participants age 20 and younger, are slated at 19 locations in 14 counties, offering prizes for the fish they catch. Click here for more information. 

    The state offers diverse fishing options for anglers of every level. Over 600,000 rainbow trout were stocked this year in waterways. 

    “Freshwater fishing in New Jersey has never been better, with a wide variety of fish and more places for people to catch them than ever before,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources Richard Boornazian. “Free Fishing Days provides the perfect opportunity for families and friends to discover the simple pleasures of fishing while enjoying time together outdoors.”

    Other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, will remain in effect. The next free fishing day is on October 15. 

    For more information, including three regional brochures to help you find lakes and ponds with public fishing access close to home, click here

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