Fish on! Free freshwater fishing this weekend in NJ

     (Photo: Vastateparksstaff via Flickr)

    (Photo: Vastateparksstaff via Flickr)

    Freshwater fishing is free throughout New Jersey during the upcoming weekend, state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced. 

    During the annual “Free Fishing Days,” anglers can enjoy fishing without having to purchase a license or trout stamp, according to the DEP. 

    “This is a great opportunity for kids and families to learn about the pleasures of fishing and enjoy time together at some of the many great fishing spots we have in New Jersey’s state, county and local parks, and our vast natural areas,” said Martin. “Free Fishing Days also gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the exceptional fishing here in New Jersey to out-of-state anglers, many of whom come here for their free fishing opportunity every June.”

    The state offers diverse fishing options for anglers of every level. 

    “New Jersey has some of the best freshwater fishing in the Northeast and Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity to sample it,” said state Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Chanda. “This is a weekend where fishing licenses are not required and an excellent way for first-timers and even entire families to kick back, relax, and take advantage of spending some quality time in the great outdoors.”

    “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 added.

    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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