New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife


May 12, 1998

For more information contact:
Paul Tarlowe at 909-637-4125

The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife has announced that Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, are this year's annual Free Fishing Days. On these days anyone may fish New Jersey's public waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily limits, remain in effect.

"This is a great opportunity for individuals who presently are not anglers, as well as those from neighboring states, to take advantage of some of the finest outdoor recreation New Jersey has to offer without first investing in a license," said Division Director Bob McDowell.

As in past years, fishing classes for beginners will be offered both Saturday and Sunday at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Oxford, Warren County. Classes are by registration only and participants must call for reservations in advance.

In addition to fishing classes, the hatchery offers many exhibits and displays about wildlife, a butterfly garden, picnic areas and hiking trails. There also is a handicap-accessible fishing site along the Pequest River. Pequest is located on Rt. 46, nine miles west of Hackettstown. For more information or to register for the above classes, call 908-637-4125.