Free Fishing Days June 5 – 7

No license, no problem. Virginia Marine Resources Commission is allowing fishing without a license during the first weekend, June 5 – 7.

The commission is encouraging families to enjoy the great outdoors without the added expense of acquiring a fishing license.

“I urge everyone to take advantage of free fishing days,’’ said John M.R. Bull, head of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the agency which manages saltwater fishing. “We work hard to create and maintain sustainable fisheries and to conserve the fisheries habitat so that anglers have good chances of landing some fish. This is what our conservation efforts are all about.’’

The license waiver includes saltwater and freshwater areas for recreational rod and reel fishing during the three days, except in designated stocked trout waters.

The commission reminds anglers that all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions remains in effect.

Outside the free fishing days, a Virginia annual saltwater fishing license costs $17.50 for state residents. The money supports valuable fisheries work across the state.

“This is a terrific opportunity to discover the joy of fishing and boating,” said Bull. “Fishing produces memories that can last a lifetime and can foster a deeper appreciation for our natural environment. Virginia is blessed with excellent fishing opportunities.’’

For size, season and catch limits of saltwater species, please go to http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/swrecfishingrules.shtm.

To purchase a fishing license online – and for freshwater fishing regulations and information on lakes, rivers, boating access and more – please go to www.HuntFishVA.com.