For Immediate Release - June 05, 2009

Patrick Administration Offers Free Fishing Statewide This Weekend

BOSTON - The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced a free fishing weekend June 6 and 7, allowing anglers to fish any Massachusetts freshwater pond, stream, river, or lake for two days without purchasing a fishing license.

"Massachusetts is home to spectacular fishing grounds," DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin said. "We hope residents and visitors will take this opportunity to fish in Massachusetts this weekend, and get out and enjoy all that the Commonwealth has to offer outdoor enthusiasts this season."

Anglers interested in fishing during the entire 2009 Massachusetts fishing season should purchase a 2009 fishing license. License fees support fishing-related programs such as fish stocking, education, and habitat management conducted by the DFG's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

For more information about fishing and hunting licensing and license fees, visit www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/licensing/license_fees.htm.

For more information about where to fish or to learn about fishing education programs or events, visit www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/fishing/fishing_home.htm.

A department of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the DFG is responsible for promoting the enjoyment and conservation of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land preservation and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and game species, and enforcement of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's lakes and ponds.