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New Jersey Free Fishing Days

Grab your pole and head to the fishing hole for free fishing in New Jersey!

When is the next New Jersey Free Fishing Day?

Saturday, June 4, 2022 and October 22, 2022 are the next New Jersey Free Fishing Days for 2022.

Our article about NJ free fishing days was first published in 2013. It is updated annually to help you always know when the next New Jersey free fishing day is. There are affiliate links to Amazon in this post. If you purchase fishing supplies for your kids with these links Jersey Family Fun makes a small commission.

Spring and fall are great times to get outside in the sunshine and why not make it memorable by teaching your family how to fish! Have you tried fishing with your children yet?

New Jersey is home to many excellent waterways, filled with various species of freshwater fish. Children and adults over the age of 16 are required to obtain a fishing license in NJ. On FREE fishing days, both adults and children can try their hand at fishing without the need of a license. This is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time in the great outdoors!

What is the NJ Free Fishing Day all about?

  • New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days are a no-risk way to introduce your kids to freshwater fishing in the Garden State and the perfect time for families to enjoy a day of outdoor fun for free.
  • Children under 16 don’t need a license to begin with but this is a time parents can enjoy fishing with their children for free.
  • It’s a perfect time for freshwater fishing!
  • All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.
New Jersey Free Fishing Days (3)

Where can you go fishing for free in North Jersey?

Bergen County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Bergen County, New Jersey are

  • Coopers Park Pond
  • Crystal Lake
  • Dahnerts Lake
  • Darlington Park Pond
  • Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Liberty Park Reflection Pond
  • MacMillan Reservoir
  • Mill Pond
  • Oradell Reservoir
  • Otto Pehle Pond
  • Overpeck Lake
  • Potash Lake
  • Ramapo Lake
  • Scarlet Oak Pond
  • Whites Pond
  • Wild Duck Pond
  • Wooddale Park Pond
  • Zabriskies Pond (Hartung Lake)

Essex County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Essex County, New Jersey are

  • Clarks Pond
  • Branch Brook Park Pond
  • Grover Cleveland Park Pond
  • Verona Park Lake
  • Weequahic Park Lake
  • Diamond Mill Pond
  • Orange Pond
  • Lake Vincent
  • Orange Reservoir

Hudson County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Hudson County, New Jersey are

  • Duck Pond
  • Lincoln Park Lake
  • W. Hudson County Park Pond
  • Woodcliff Lake

Morris County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Morris County, New Jersey are

  • Atwater Lake
  • Bee Meadow Park Pond
  • Budd Lake
  • Burnham Park Pond
  • Chubb Park Pond
  • Community Park Pond (Thonus Pond)
  • George Lake
  • Hedden Park Lake
  • Kays Pond
  • Lake Ames
  • Morris County Park Pond
  • Mt. Hope Pond
  • Saffin’s Pond
  • Silas Condict Park Lake
  • Sunrise Lake
  • Speedwell Lake
  • Splitrock Reservoir
  • Mt. Hope Pond
  • Tilcon Lake
  • Lake Musconetcong
  • Lake Hopatcong
asian child holding a fish from fishing

Passaic County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Passaic County, New Jersey are

  • Dundee Lake
  • Barbours Pond
  • Boques Pond
  • Brushwood Pond
  • Clinton Reservoir
  • Echo Lake
  • Gatun Pond
  • Glasmere Ponds
  • Goffle Brook Park Pond
  • Green Turtle Pond
  • Greenwood Lake
  • Hughes Lake
  • Lake Sonoma
  • Monksville Reservoir
  • Oak Ridge Reservoir
  • Oldham Pond
  • Point View Reservoir
  • Pompton Lake
  • Shepherd Lake
  • Weyble Pond
  • Mill Pond
  • Sally’s Pond

Somerset County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Somerset County, New Jersey are

  • Best Lake
  • Ann Van Middleworth Pond
  • Bedminster Pond
  • Mettlers Pond
  • Watchung Lake
  • Spooky Brook Lake

Sussex County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Sussex County, New Jersey are

  • Blue Mountain Lake
  • Canistear Reservoir
  • Crater Lake
  • Gardeners Lake
  • Jefferson Lake
  • Kittatinny Camp Pond
  • Lake Aeroflex
  • Lake Hopatcong
  • Lake Lookout
  • Lake Marcia
  • Lake Musconetcong
  • Lake Ocquittunk
  • Laurel Pond
  • Little Swartswood Lake
  • Long Pine Pond
  • Paulinskill Lake
  • Ryker Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Steenykill Lake
  • Swartswood Lake
  • Twin Lakes
  • Wawayanda Lake
  • Whites Pond
  • Cranberry Lake
  • Jefferson Lake
  • Saw Mill Lake

Union County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Union County, New Jersey are

  • Milton Lake
  • Bloodgood’s Pond
  • Briant Park Pond
  • Cedar Brook Park Pond
  • Clark Reservoir
  • Jacksons Pond
  • Lower Echo Park Pond
  • Milton Lake
  • Mindowaskin Pond
  • Nomahegan Pond
  • Sperry Pond
  • Upper Echo Park Pond
  • Warinanco Park Pond
  • Wilson Park Pond
  • Seely’s Pond
  • Surprise Lake

Warren County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Warren County, New Jersey are

  • Allamuchy Pond
  • Blair Lake
  • Catfish Pond
  • Furnace Lake
  • Ghost Lake
  • Merrill Creek Reservoir
  • Mountain Lake
  • White Lake
  • Sunfish Pond
  • Delaware Lake

Where can you go fishing for free in Central New Jersey?

Hunterdon County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Hunterdon County, New Jersey are

  • Amwell Lake
  • Clinton WMA Pond
  • Round Valley Recreation Lake and Reservoir
  • Spruce Run Reservoir
  • Echo Hill Pond
  • Demott Pond
  • Mannys Pond
  • Mountain Farm Pond

Mercer County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Mercer County, New Jersey are

  • Belle Mountain Pond
  • Colonial Lake
  • Carnegie Lake
  • Etra Lake
  • Gropps Lake
  • Lake Mercer
  • Log Basin Pond
  • Mercer Lake
  • North Community {ark Pond
  • Peddie Lake
  • Rosedale Lake
  • Wargo Pond
  • Grovers Mill Pond
  • Whitehead Mill Pond

Middlesex County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Middlesex County, New Jersey are

  • Bissets Pond
  • Brainerd Lake
  • Carteret Park Pond
  • Davidsons Mill Pond
  • DeVoe Lake
  • East Brunswick Park Lake (Dallenbach’s Pond)
  • Farrington Lake
  • Helmetta Lake
  • Kennedy Park Pond
  • Lake Papaianni
  • Manalapan Lake
  • Plainsboro Pond
  • Roosevelt Park Pond
  • Spring Lake
  • Victor Crowell Pond (Willow Lake/Lake Creighton)
  • Westons Mill Pond
  • Milltown Pond

Monmouth County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Monmouth County, New Jersey are

  • Allentown Pond
  • Assunpink Lake
  • Englishtown Mill Pond (Lake Weamaconk)
  • Garveys Pond
  • Hamilton Fire Co. Pond
  • Holmdel Park Pond
  • Hurleys Pond
  • Lake Weamaconk
  • Lake Como
  • Lefferts Lake
  • Macs Pond
  • Manasquan Reservoir
  • Marlu Lake
  • Millhurst Mills Lake (Millhurst Pond)
  • Mohawk Pond
  • Poricy Pond
  • Rising Sun Lake
  • Shark River Park Pond
  • Silver Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Stone Tavern Lake
  • Topenemus Lake
  • Turkey Swamp Park Pond
  • Deal Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Shadow Lake


Where can you go fishing for free in South Jersey?

Atlantic County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Atlantic County, New Jersey are

  • Corbin City Impoundment
  • Hammonton Lake
  • Birch Grove Park Ponds
  • Lake Lenape
  • Mill Pond
  • Bargaintown Pond
  • Heritage Park Pond
  • Maple Lake
  • Patriot Lake
  • Egg Harbor City Lake
  • Egg Harbor Twp Nature Reserve Pond

Burlington County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Burlington County, New Jersey are

  • Atsion Lake
  • Bastso Lake
  • Big Pine Lake
  • Harrisville Lake
  • Lake Oswego
  • Laurel Acres Pond
  • Little Pine Lake
  • Medford Park Ponds
  • Mirror Lake
  • Pemberton Lake
  • Smithville Lake
  • Swedes Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Vincentown Mill Pond
  • Whitesbog Pond
  • Woolmans Lake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Strawbridge Lake

Camden County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Camden County, New Jersey are

  • Haddon Lake
  • Hopkins Pond
  • Kirkwood Lake
  • New Brooklyn Lake
  • Newton Lake
  • Oak Pond
  • Rowands Pond
  • Wallworth Pond
  • Cooper River Park Lake

Cape May County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Cape May County, New Jersey are

  • Cape May Park Ponds
  • Lake Nummy
  • Tuckahoe Lake
  • Dennisville Lake
  • East Creek Pond
  • Ponderlodge Pond
3 african american children look at fish caught in bucket

Cumberland County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Cumberland County, New Jersey are

  • Cumberland Pond
  • Bostwick Lake
  • Cedarville Ponds
  • Clarks Ponds
  • Davis Mill Pond
  • Giampietro Park Pond
  • Laurel Lake
  • Mary Elmer Lake
  • Menantico Sand Ponds
  • Shaws Mill Pond
  • Willow Grove Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Sunset Lake
  • Union Lake
  • Lake Audrey
  • Sheppards Mill Pond
  • South Vineland Park Pond

Gloucester County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Gloucester County, New Jersey are

  • Alcyon Lake
  • Franklinville Lake
  • Greenwich Lake
  • Grenloch Lake
  • Harrisonville Lake
  • Iona Lake
  • Malaga Lake
  • Swedesboro Lake
  • Wilson Lake
  • Mullica Hill Lake

Ocean County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Ocean County, New Jersey are

  • Bennetts Pond
  • Butterfly Bogs Pond
  • Colliers Mill Pond
  • Deerhead Lake
  • Forge Pond
  • Horicon Lake
  • Kennedy Pond
  • Lake Barnegat
  • Lake Carasaljo
  • Lake of the Lillies
  • Lake Manahawkin
  • Lake Manetta
  • Oakford Lake
  • Ocean County Park Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Pohatcong Lake
  • Prospertown Lake
  • Shenandoah Lake
  • Whitesbog Pond
  • Turn Mills Pond
  • Success Lake
  • Wells Mill Lake

Salem County Free Fishing Day Locations

The Free Fishing Day locations in Salem County, New Jersey are

  • Alloway Lakw
  • DOD Lake
  • Elmer Lake
  • Maskells Mills Lake
  • Parvin Lake
  • Riverview Beach Pond
  • Thundergust Lake
  • Woodstown Memorial Lake
  • Schadlers Sand Wash Pond
  • Daretown Lake
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Salem Canal
Fish at Bastso Lake in Burlington County this weekend.
Fish at Bastso Lake in Burlington County this weekend.

What can you can catch during the free fishing days?

  • stocked muskellunge
  • northern pike
  • walleye
  • striped bass hybrids
  • channel catfish
  • lake trout

More information to get you ready for your free fishing day!

What will you catch?

We at Jersey Family Fun hope you have a fun family day fishing and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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