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Free fishing days to be held June 5-7

If you’ve always wanted to try fishing, now may be your chance, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational rod and reel fishing during free fishing days on Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, and facilities use permits will also not be required during these dates.

However, fee fishing areas (Crooked Creek, Douthat and Clinch Mountain) will still require a permit. To increase angling opportunities, VDGIF has removed the restriction to fishing designated stocked trout waters.

This will open over 2,900 miles of trout streams, in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs. All fishing regulations including size, season, catch limits, and gear restrictions, will remain in effect.

“Free fishing days are always an excellent opportunity to get out and try fishing for the first time, or to introduce new people to fishing,” said VDGIF executive director Ryan Brown.

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