New Jersey Free Fishing Days
June 13 and October 17, 2015
For 2015, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has split the Free Fishing Days. The first will be held on Saturday, June 13. The second Free Fishing Day will occur on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
The June Free Fishing Day will be held in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week; the October date will allow the public to take advantage of the fall trout stocking. On free fishing days, fishing is allowed on the Garden State’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.
New Jersey's Free Fishing Days allow beginners, experts, residents, non-residents, and others to experience fishing without having to purchase a license. For those just starting out, the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers many programs and classes to advance from beginner to expert.
The Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County offers free fishing programs. Pequest offers a Natural Resource Education Center with a variety of exhibits and displays on wildlife, a butterfly garden, picnic areas and hiking trails. There is also a handicapped-accessible fishing site along the Pequest River.
For those who enjoy group fishing, there are usually children's fishing derbies held on Free Fishing Days weekend. Derbies are organized by townships, service clubs and sportsmen’s groups, and are typically open to kids up to age 16.
source: New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife