Free freshwater fishing in N.J. this Saturday

    (Photo from the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife)

    (Photo from the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife)

    Freshwater fishing is free throughout New Jersey on Saturday, Oct 15, 2016.  

    During the annual “Free Fishing Days,” anglers can enjoy fishing without having to purchase a license or trout stamp, according to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

    “New Jersey has some of the best freshwater fishing in the Northeast and Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity to sample it”, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Chanda said. “In addition to trout, there are outstanding statewide fisheries for largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel and numerous pan fish species. Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass fisheries are also thriving, and New Jersey anglers routinely catch many world-class sized fish.”

    The state will begin stocking 21,000 two-year old rainbow trout along with some broodstock, averaging 14 to 22 inches in length, in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds throughout the state on Tuesday. 

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

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

    A wealth of information about trout fishing in New Jersey, including regulations, fishing access points and trout fishing facts can be found here

     

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.