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No license needed for freshwater fishing June 1-3

From June 1 through 3, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will open up recreational rod and reel freshwater fishing to the public. (WYDaily/File photo)
From June 1 through 3, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will open up recreational rod and reel freshwater fishing to the public. (WYDaily/File photo)

While fishing in Virginia typically requires a fishing license, the first weekend in June will be open fishing for everyone — no license required.

From June 1-3, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will open up recreational rod and reel freshwater fishing to the public, according to the department.

The open fishing days also mean VDGIF will lift a restriction for fishing only in designated stocked trout waters, meaning Virginians can fish more than 2,900 miles of trout streams, numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs.

Those looking to fish on the designated weekend will also not need any facilities use permits. Restrictions for size, season, catch limits and gear will remain in place.

“Fishing offers a person, no matter their age, race, fitness ability or income level, the chance connect with nature and to learn how to become better stewards of our natural resources,’’ said Bob Duncan, executive director of the VDGIF. “ In this fast-paced society fishing is also a great way of ‘casting’ your troubles away and relieving stress.”

Outside of the free fishing weekend, freshwater fishing requires a license from the VDGIF. Saltwater fishing also requires a license from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

The VDGIF’s 2018 freshwater fishing and boating regulations can be found on the VDGIF website.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s website has information on Virginia’s recreational fishing size, season and creel limits.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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