Free Fishing Day This Saturday, Oct. 19

Oct 14, 2019

Anglers of all ages and skill levels – and both residents and nonresidents alike – can freshwater fish without a fishing license or trout stamp during New Jersey’s second Free Fishing Day of the year, this Saturday, Oct. 19. Other regulations, including size and daily catch limit, remain in effect.

“Free Fishing Days provide an opportunity to fish for a wide variety of fish including trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel and numerous panfish species, as well as muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass,” the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection notes.

Visit for a complete list of trout-stocked waters, the stocking schedule, regulations, fishing access points and trout fishing facts. Stocking information is also available via the Trout Stocking Hotline, at 609-633-6765, and, in addition, anglers can download the stocking schedule to their cell phones by scanning the QR Code in the 2019 Freshwater Fishing Digest or on the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s trout stocking signs posted along trout-stocked waters.

Except for Free Fishing Days, anyone age 16 or older must obtain a fishing license to fish New Jersey’s fresh waters. A trout stamp is also required to fish for trout. Children younger than 16 and state residents 70 years and older may fish without a license.

Licenses and stamps may be obtained from license agents statewide – listed at – or purchased at

The Division of Fish and Wildlife began stocking many of New Jersey’s rivers, lakes, streams and ponds with thousands of large rainbow trout on Oct. 8, DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said earlier this month. “Fall is the best time of year for enjoying some great trout fishing and spending time outdoors,” she remarked. “New Jersey’s trout stocking program provides excellent fishing opportunities, while spectacular scenery and beautiful weather provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying this pastime with family and friends.”

The trout, which are raised at the Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Warren County, are released into 16 large streams and rivers in northern and coastal areas, including the Manasquan and Toms rivers, and then into 20 ponds and lakes in the central and southern regions of the state.

“New Jersey’s fall trout fishing is among the best anywhere, and I encourage new anglers to head to their favorite waterway this year and try it,” Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Golden stated. “Trout fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors this time of year in the Garden State.” —J.K.-H.

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