Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

State Offers Free Fishing Days on June 10 and Oct. 21

South Jersey Times — As summer approaches and is accompanied by warm weather and sunshine, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro encourage residents to take advantage of this year’s Free Fishing Days.

New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering Free Fishing Days on June 10 and Oct. 21 this year. Free Fishing Days allow fishing in the state’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. Any existing fishing regulations, such as size and daily catch limits, will still remain in effect for the days. Free Fishing Days serve as an introduction to freshwater fishing for the entire family as well as out-of-state visitors. The June date will be held in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, and the October date will allow the public to take advantage of the fall trout stocking.

“Fishing is a fun activity that gets people outdoors and experiencing the beautiful natural surroundings of our great state,” said Sweeney. “For generations, fishing has brought friends and families together, and remains a time-honored tradition that bridges cultural gaps. Participating in one of New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days is an excellent way to spend a few hours of leisure time with minimal financial investment required.”

“A day of fishing is a perfect way to relax and enjoy nature,” said Burzichelli. “Not only is it a great opportunity for children to learn about the ecosystem and how to respect it, but it gives them a chance to see some amazing local sights by visiting one of New Jersey’s many lakes, streams, and waterways. Taking advantage of a Free Fishing Day is something that residents interested in fishing, regardless of experience level, should do.”

“As the saying goes, ‘there’s no such thing as a bad day of fishing’ and this could not be more true in the Garden State,” said Taliaferro. “With so many options to choose from, New Jersey residents and out-of-state visitors alike are able to benefit from some of the finest freshwater fishing opportunities in the Northeast. I encourage anyone with a desire to hone their angling skills to visit one of the state’s many great fishing spots on one of 2017s Free Fishing Days and get hooked on a fun outdoor activity.”

For more information on Free Fishing Days, visit: www.state.nj.us/dep.

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