Whether you’re a seasoned angler or someone who wants to take the kids to the lake for a little fishing, New Jersey’s free fishing days are a great way to get out there and get your feet wet. This year New Jersey has two FREE fishing days one in the Spring and another in the Fall. On these days fishing is allowed on New Jersey’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. This is a great way to enjoy some good old fashioned family fun.
The Spring date is Saturday, June 9th and coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week. The second Fall date, Saturday, October 20th, allows you to take advantage of the fall trout stocking.
All other fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect. Fishing on any other day require a fishing license for anyone over 16 year old.
My kids love to fish and we’ve been taking them as soon as they could walk. But we’re always encouraging our friends and family who want to give fishing a try, to join us on one of the free fishing days. Usually it’s not long before they’re hooked on fishing too.
Fishing is a great hobby for the entire family. It’s a great way to just get outside and unplug. You’ll learn about nature, all different species of fish and most of all create family memories that they whole family will cherish.
New Jersey has some other fun programs throughout the year as well. Check out these programs and events for fishing fun all year long:
New Jersey fishing fans can also try their luck in the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s “Hook-A-Winner” program. More than 1,000 trout have been jaw tagged and are distributed as part of the spring trout stocking program. These fish are stocked throughout the state and are available beginning opening day.
If you’re one of the lucky anglers who lands one of these fish, you’ll be mailed a certificate and an award patch. Learn how to collect your certificate and more about the “Hook-A-Winner” program here.
FISHING DERBY FUN
For more FREE fishing fun, check out this list of Fishing Derbies being held in the Garden State this year. Fishing Derbies are a fun way for kids to try their hand at fishing and best of all these events are free to the public. I’ll update this list throughout the year, as I find more events. Know of a fishing derby in your town, send me a message and I’ll add it to the list.
June 9, 2018 – Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs Fishing Challenge – Locations to be announced soon
July 4, 2018 – Bordentown Township’s Fishing Derby Registration begins at 9:00 am
August 18, 2018 – Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Marina 12pm – 7pm
Have you been fishing with your kids before?