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Seventh Annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Black Hill Regional Park, MD

The 2014 winners! From L to R: Darius McFarlane caught the smallest fish (2.5 inches); Yuriko Watanabe caught the most fish (10); and Shayla Nguyen caught the largest fish (6.5 inches). Winners received a fishing rod, tackle box and Montgomery Parks "Complimentary Pass" as prizes. Image Courtesy of Montgomery PArks

The 2014 winners! From L to R: Darius McFarlane caught the smallest fish (2.5 inches); Yuriko Watanabe caught the most fish (10); and Shayla Nguyen caught the largest fish (6.5 inches). Winners received a fishing rod, tackle box and Montgomery Parks “Complimentary Pass” as prizes. Image Courtesy of Montgomery Parks

Get in on the fishy fun! Free cane pole to the first 25 kids registered, and prizes for the boys and girls who catch the biggest, smallest, and greatest number of fish. They’ll teach the kids how to bait a hook with worms, put their line in the water, and pull those fish in. They’ll also talk about the kinds of fish that swim in this lake, what they like to eat, and the best way to catch them. The first 25 kids who register will get a free cane pole! (They’ll email you.) Everyone else, don’t forget your fishing rod!

Saturday, June 20, 8:30am – 10:30am

For kids age 3-15 years old | Fee: $10 | Register at ParkPASS.org for Class # 320599

If June 20 doesn’t work for you, try out Kids’ Fishing Day at Lake Needwood on Saturday, June 6!

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/boats/blackhill/blackhill_boating.shtm

Black Hill Regional Park
20920 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
Boathouse: 301-528-3466
Visitor Center: 301-528-3480

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Free Fishing Day & License Free Fishing Areas in Maryland!

Update: July 17, 2014
License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.

Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

For more information:
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, July 4 is the last of 2014’s three license-free fishing days in Maryland. No fishing license or trout stamps are required to fish on these days.
Take a friend and your kids and just go fish.
For information on species, fishing locations, and limits visit the online Maryland Fishing Guide:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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Free Fishing in NJ June 14 & 15, 2014

Image Courtesy of NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Image Courtesy of NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, will be New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days in 2014. Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, and on these days fishing is allowed 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.

New Jersey’s two Free Fishing Days are a no-risk investment for an introduction to freshwater fishing in the Garden State and the perfect time for families to enjoy two days of outdoor fun for free. Though youngsters under the age of 16 don’t need a license, these days provide a special benefit to adults who can join in the fun without having to purchase a license. That is, until they get hooked on a sport that just might become a lifetime of fun for the whole family. Free Fishing Days also provide a great opportunity for out-of-state visitors to sample some of the finest freshwater fishing opportunities in the Northeast.

For program and class information and tips on the best places to fish, go to:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ffd.htm


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Free Fishing in MD in 2014

Striped Bass Seasonal Maps
Image Courtesy of MD Department of Natural Resources

Anglers have several opportunities to fish without a license in Maryland. Normally a license is required to Fish in Maryland but there are a few exceptions to this requirement.

The first is there are specific areas in Maryland that are designated License Free Fishing Areas throughout the tidal portions of the Chesapeake Bay. You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.


License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.
Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and
Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

The second option is that Maryland hosts Free Fishing Days. During a free fishing day, a person may catch and possess finfish in the tidal and nontidal waters of the State for recreational purposes without an angler’s license, Chesapeake Bay sportfishing license, or any fishing stamp normally required by the State, but shall otherwise observe all fishing laws and regulations. Maryland’s free fishing days are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4. In 2014, that’s June 07 & 14 and July 04.

Lastly, all those folks under 16 years of age are allowed to fish without a license.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/free-fishing.aspx

Get all the info regarding limits, etc. at:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8, 2014

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia's Free Fishing Days are June 7 and 8, 2014.

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days are June 7 and 8, 2014.

National Fishing and Boating Week 2014 will be highlighted by the 24th annual Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). During these two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in West Virginia without a license.

“It is a great opportunity to remind people of the fun of fishing, especially with family and friends. If you already have a license, take someone fishing — it may be your children, spouse or co-worker – and introduce them to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment,” Jezioro said.

DNR participates in a number of activities during National Fishing and Boating Week and Free Fishing Weekend. One of the largest and most successful events is the Bowden Fishing Derby that will be held June 7 at the Bowden Hatchery in Randolph County. Children must register for the event, and they will receive basic fishing instruction and will have the opportunity to enjoy time fishing with friends and family. Registration information for the Bowden Derby can be found at http://www.wvdnr.gov/2014%20Derby%20Flier.pdf.

National Fishing and Boating Week began as a promotional activity sponsored by the sportfishing industry, encouraging fishing around Father’s Day. The recreational boating industry partnered with its sportfishing counterparts to develop a fishing and boating educational campaign.

http://www.wvdnr.gov/2014news/14news093.shtm


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“Fish for Free Day” in PA on Memorial Day & July 4

Image Courtesy of PA DCNR

Image Courtesy of PA DCNR

Interested in becoming an angler but don’t have a license or gear? Two days out of the year, Memorial Day and July 4th (Independence Day), anyone can fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. Pine Grove Furnace State Park offers free loaner equipment at the office. Fishing rods and tackle are available to sign out for the day with a valid driver’s license.

Nestled in Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park’s 696 acres offer wildlife and nature enthusiasts a variety of activities. Explore the self-guided historical trail, which investigates the old structures of the Pine Grove Iron Furnace, or hike to the quartzite outcrop at the Pole Steeple Overlook. Take a stroll along the notable midway point of the Appalachian Trail, and visit the Appalachian Trail Museum – the first museum in the country to be dedicated to hiking. Cool off at the lakeside beaches at Laurel Lake (25 acres) and Fuller Lake (1.7) and wander along the easy trail, Mountain Creek Trail that connects them. There is so much to do you’ll want to make it a weekend or a week and stay overnight. The park day use areas are free and open to the public, dawn to dusk all year.

Dates: May 26, 2014 & July 4, 2014
Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324
Admission: FREE
Phone: 717-486-7174
http://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/calendar/view_event.asp?CalendarID=29838&Location=List


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Ice Ice Baby!

Image courtesy of I LOVE NEW YORK

Image courtesy of I LOVE NEW YORK

The cold Mid Atlantic weather is making a lot of folks happy, including fans of Lake George ice fishing. Show off your ice fishing skills at the largest fishing tournament on Lake George. The Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament, sponsored by The Hague Fish & Game Club will be held this weekend, February 22nd, 2014 – February 23rd, 2014. There are four categories: Lake Trout, Perch; Salmon and Northern Pike. And adults and juniors can angle for prizes and glory! For times, registration information and directions, contact:

Hague Fish & Game Club
Town Park 9060 Lake Shore Drive
Hague, NY 12836
518-543-6542
http://www.haguefishandgame.com