FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers will be able to fish without a licence June 4-5 during this year’s Fish New Brunswick Days.

“Fishing is an amazing sport and Fish New Brunswick Days are the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore our province while enjoying recreational fishing with family and friends,” said Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland. “With more than 2,500 lakes, 60,000 kilometres of rivers and brooks and a wide variety of species to fish, our province has something for everyone.”

Fish New Brunswick Days happen during the Family Day long weekend in February and the first full weekend of June. These are the only days where resident and non-resident anglers can fish inland waters without a licence and when non-residents do not require a guide.

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.

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Individuals whose angling privileges have been revoked may not fish anywhere in the province, including on Fish New Brunswick Days.

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.

It is recommended anglers review the Angling Regulation Summary and the fishing regulations maps before their trip. These resources can be found on the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development website.

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.

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 online or by using the postage-paid card in the middle of the Angling Regulation Summary. This is an important part of maintaining healthy and sustainable recreational fishing in New Brunswick.