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Fish for free this weekend in New Jersey

A happy angler with his catch
A happy angler with his catch
B. Sniatkowski

The New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled its annual free fishing days for June 14th and 15th this year. Free fishing days are the two days set aside each year where anybody is invited to fish in the state's fresh waters without a fishing license or trout stamp.

The free fishing days are an ideal time to introduce a spouse, friend or significant other to the wide range of freshwater fishing opportunities that New Jersey offers. For anglers from Pennsylvania, New York and other nearby states who have been eying some of the state's well stocked waters, the two days are a great time to try them without purchasing an expensive, non-resident fishing license.

Beginning anglers who don't have a friend or family member to show them the ropes can visit the Division of Fish and Wildlife website where they can find information regarding where to fish and what species are available, as well as tips on how to catch them.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife requires a fishing license for anyone who is between 15 and 70 years old. Disabled veterans, NJ National Guard personnel and the legally blind are entitled to receive a free license. No fishing license is required in New Jersey for saltwater and tidal sections of rivers and streams.