State encourages people to fish without a license this weekend

Fish without a license? It’s allowed this weekend under a promotion by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The agency, which manages freshwater fishing, is permitting recreational rod and reel fishing without a fishing license today through Sunday, except in designated stocked trout waters.

“Sharing a fishing experience helps strengthen relationships with family and friends,” said Bob Duncan, executive director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in a release. “As the department celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year it is important to remember that anglers have always supported efforts to preserve and protect all species and the environment, while helping to increase the state’s rich biodiversity.”

All fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions, remain in effect during the promotion. A freshwater and trout license are still required to fish in designated stocked trout waters, according to the agency.

View the 2016 Freshwater Fishing and Boating Regulations at www.HuntFishVA.com.  Printed regulations are available at most major outdoor retailers that sell hunting and fishing licenses.  The Virginia Marine Resources Commission also has information on recreational fishing size, season and creel limits.

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