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April 27, 1999

For further information contact:
Paul Tarlowe at 908-637-4125

The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife has announced that Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, 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.

"The two Free Fishing Days are an excellent opportunity for anyone who doesn't fish to give the sport a try. We encourage parents to join their children or friends who fish," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "We also invite individuals from neighboring states to take advantage of some of the finest outdoor recreation New Jersey offers without having to invest in a license."

As in past years, free 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. Fishing classes are by registration only and opens two weeks prior to each class date.

In addition to fishing classes, Pequest offers many exhibits and displays about wildlife, a butterfly garden, picnic areas and hiking trails. There is also has a handicap-accessible fishing site along the Pequest River.

The Pequest facility is located on Rt. 46, nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. For more information about fishing in New Jersey or class registration, call 908-637-4125 or visit the Division's website at