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Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020

State DEP Holding Free Fishing Day –With Social Distancing

New anglers and those already hooked on fishing are encouraged to visit their favorite waterway on Saturday, June 6 for the first Free Fishing Day of the year, the Department of Environmental Protection has announced.COVID-19 Blues? Try Some Free Fishing in Morris County THIS Saturday

Anglers are required to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another and are encouraged to wear face masks or coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Freshwater fishing in New Jersey has never been better, with more kinds of fish and more places for people to catch them than ever before,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Golden.

“Cold, clear streams support a top-rate trout fishery, and our warm-water fishing for species such as northern pike, channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass and pickerel, as well as numerous pan fish species, is outstanding,” he added.

Take a look at North Jersey warm water and cool water game fish. See fishing locations below.

Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week. Anglers are welcome to fish in New Jersey’s public waterways on June 6 without a license or trout stamp, but all other regulations, including size and daily catch limits will remain in effect. A second Free Fishing Day will be held Oct. 17.

COVID-19 Blues? Try Some Free Fishing in Morris County THIS SaturdayFamily member who has never been fishing, to interest them in a healthy and fun activity.

After the Free Fishing Day, anglers may introduce friends or family members to fishing by getting a Fishing Buddy License. The license is available at reduced cost for existing anglers and beginners, or two new anglers.

Get more information about Free Fishing Days.

Anglers are urged to respect private landowners who allow fishing on their properties by obeying boundary signs and not littering. Fishing regulations may be found in the New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Digest.

Where to fish in Morris County? Here are some locations:

Morris County
Water Nearest Town Acres Car Top Launch Boat Ramp Outboard
Atwater Pond Chester 2 N N N
Budd Lake Budd Lake 376 Y Y Y
Burnham Park Pond Morristown 4 N N N
Community Park Pond (Walrus Pond) Morris Plains 4 N N N
Hedden Park Lake Dover 6 N N N
Kays Pond Milltown 7 N N N
Lake Ames Hibernia 16 N N N
Lake George Washington Twp. 8 N N N
Lake Hopatcong Mt. Arlington 2,685 Y Y Y
Lake Musconetcong Stanhope 329 Y Y Y
Mt. Hope Pond Rockaway 18 N N N
Saffin’s Pond Milton 12 N N N
Silas Condict Park Lake Kinnelon 10 N N N
Speedwell Lake Morristown 23 N N N
Sunrise Lake Brookside 3 N N N


Morris County
Black River Black River WMA Ironia-Chester 4.5 12
Black River Black River Park Milltown-Hackelbarney 0.8 12
Black (Lamington) River Hackelbarney St. Park Pottersville 1.3 18
Electric Brook Camp Washington Park Long Valley 0.3 8
India Brook Mendham Twp. Park Mendham 1.3 8
Passaic River Passaic River Park Chatham 2.4 95
Raritan River S/Br. Claremont Section Long Valley 1.1 44
Raritan River S/Br. Bartley-Flanders Rd. Access Flanders 0.3 27
Rockaway River Berkshire Valley WMA Berkshire Valley 2.0 32
Rockaway River Rockaway River WMA Berkshire Valley 2.4 30