October 11, 2023| Recreation
By: Holly Odgers
New Jersey Fish and Wildlife is offering a fall Free Fishing Day on October 21, 2023. On this day, residents may fish 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.
This is the perfect chance to introduce a friend or family member to fishing or to take the whole family out for a day of outdoor fun for free! Though youth under the age of 16 don’t need a license to fish, Free Fishing Days allow adults to join in the fun for a day without having to purchase a license.
Fishing may be difficult on Lake Hopatcong this fall as the water level is lowered for the 5-year, 5-foot drawdown. If your favorite fishing spot on Lake Hopatcong isn't accessible, you can find some great fishing nearby with this interactive map.
And remember, if you catch a tagged trout on Lake Hopatcong, report and release it! These tagged fish are part of a three-year study to track trout survival rates and how those rates correlate with the overall health of Lake Hopatcong. Those reporting a tagged trout are eligible to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards, generously donated by Live the Lake NJ. Find out more HERE.
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