FREDERICTON (GNB) – People are encouraged to try angling during Fish New Brunswick Days, June 3-4. These are the only days during fishing season when resident and non-resident anglers are permitted to fish without a licence, and non-residents do not require a guide.

“Recreational fishing is a pastime enjoyed by thousands of New Brunswickers that benefits our economy, with anglers injecting more than $30 million a year into our economy,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet. “Fish New Brunswick Days is the perfect occasion for a family outing to enjoy the natural beauty of our wonderful province and pass on New Brunswick’s fishing tradition to young people.”

The department advises anglers to check with their local fishing-tackle retailer or with an experienced angler to find a location where children are most likely to enjoy the experience.

Anglers may fish for all species without purchasing a licence, however anglers wishing to retain landlocked salmon from 48 cm to 63 cm (fork length) require a licence with tags.

All current bag limits, closures and other restrictions are still in effect on Fish New Brunswick Days. Access to private waters, Crown reserve waters and Crown leases requires the appropriate licences and landowner’s permission.

People whose angling privileges have been revoked may not fish anywhere in the province, including on Fish New Brunswick Days.

To make the most of a fishing outing, the department recommends that anglers take plenty of snacks and water or juices, insect repellent, sunscreen, hats and rain suits.

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