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Gather the kids and grab your fishin’ poles: free fishing days are here again.
This year, anyone in the Commonwealth can fish without a license June 1-3.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the agency that regulates freshwater fishing, encourages Virginians to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to fish for free while spending some quality time with friends and family, according to a press release.
“You don’t have to travel very far to find fantastic fishing anywhere in Virginia,” said Bob Duncan, executive director of VDGIF. “Fishing is a great way to reconnect with nature, escape the stresses of modern life, and create lasting family memories. I hope everyone will give it a try.”
No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational rod and reel fishing during free fishing days, except for a special trout license in designated stocked trout waters. All fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions, will remain in effect.
If you want to fish after the first weekend in June, a Virginia saltwater fishing license costs $17.50 a year for state residents, while annual freshwater fishing and trout licenses are $23 each for state residents. Those license fees support valuable fisheries work across the Commonwealth.
The VDGIF also offers short-term licenses, ideal for visitors, and a variety of combination licenses to benefit anglers.
To purchase a fishing license online; and for freshwater fishing regulations and information on Virginia lakes, rivers, boating access and more; visit www.HuntFishVA.com/.
For size, season and catch limits of saltwater species, visit www.mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/swrecfishingrules.shtm.
Not sure how to get started in fishing? For free online fishing tips, visit www.youtube.com/VDGIF and click on the “Fishing 101” series of instructional videos.