FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are encouraged to try angling during this year’s Fish New Brunswick Days, June 5-6. These are the only days during fishing season when resident and non-resident anglers can fish inland waters without a licence and when non-residents do not require a guide.

“Fishing is enjoyed by many New Brunswickers, with anglers injecting more than $30 million a year into our economy,” said Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland. “Fish New Brunswick Days provides the perfect chance for families to get out, explore our province, and pass along traditions and experiences.”

The department encourages anyone interested in taking part to check with a local fishing or tackle retailer, or with an experienced angler, to find a location where they are likely to enjoy the experience.

Anglers may fish for all species during Fish New Brunswick Days. However, anglers who wish to retain landlocked salmon from 48 cm to 63 cm (fork length) require a licence with tags.

To make the most of an outing, it is recommended to take snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, hats, and to wear appropriate clothing.

Current bag limits, closures, and other restrictions are still in effect during Fish New Brunswick Days. Access to private waters, Crown reserve waters and Crown leases require the appropriate licence and landowner permission.

Individuals whose angling privileges have been revoked may not fish anywhere in the province, including on Fish New Brunswick Days.

Always handle live fish humanely, and store fish intended for consumption in a cool area to prevent spoilage.

Anglers are encouraged to complete the fishing survey in order to assist in efforts to improve fish stocks and fishing areas in New Brunswick.