This year, New Jersey will have its annual "Free Fishing Day" on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Free Fishing Day is the best time for first-timers to try the sport. Anyone will be allowed to fish in NJ public waters, regardless of whether you have a fishing license or trout stamp. (Fun fact: children under 16 are always allowed to fish in New Jersey without a license.)
According to NJ's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Walleye bites will be plentiful, with lake temperatures around 65 to 70 degrees. The Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery stocks 100,000 two-inch fingerlings and 24,000 four-inch fingerlings annually. The Walleye fingerlings are stocked in five water bodies: Canistear Reservoir, Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Monksville Reservoir and Swartswood Lake.
Grab a fishing rod and bait, and head to one of these public places to fish in Bergen County:
🎣 Coopers Park Pond, Bergenfield
🎣 Haledon Reservoir, Franklin Lakes
🎣 Dahnerts Lake, Garfield
🎣 Indian Lake, Little Ferry
🎣 Bear Swamp Lake, Mahwah
🎣 Macmillan Reservoir, Mahwah
🎣 Crystal Lake, Oakland
🎣 Ramapo Lake, Oakland
🎣 Oradell Reservoir, Oradell
🎣 Mill Pond, Park Ridge
🎣 Campgaw Pond, Ramsey
🎣 Darlington Park Pond, Ramsey
🎣 Wild Duck Pond, Ridgewood
🎣 Saddle River in Saddle River Park, Ridgewood
🎣 Otto Pehle Pond, Saddle Brook
🎣 Liberty Park Pond, Saddle River
🎣 Overpeck Lake, Teaneck
🎣 Saddle River, Upper Saddle River
🎣 Whites Pond, Waldwick
🎣 Woodcliff Lake Reservoir, Woodcliff Lake
🎣 Wooddale Park, Woodcliff Lake
🎣 Zabriskies Pond, Wyckoff
As part of Free Fishing Day, you can also participate in the free Hooked on Fishing Youth Fishing Challenge at Bonnabel Park in Old Tappan. Read more about it HERE.
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