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Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

Free Fishing Days

New Jersey’s Free Freshwater Fishing Days

June 1 and Oct. 19, 2024

NJDEP Fish & Wildlife has split the Free Fishing Days. The first will be held on June 1, 2024 during the summer as is traditional. This day is part of the National Fishing and Boating Week which highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing to enhance peoples' quality of life and to preserve our country's natural beauty. The second Free Fishing Day will occur after fall trout stocking on October 19, 2024 to bring attention to this great fishing opportunity. On these two days, NJ residents may fish New Jersey’s public fresh waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.