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Ridgewood: Fishing to Free the Mind – May 29, 2023 – 2 Sessions – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 12:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Ridgewood NJ, Fishing to Free the Mind – May 29, 2023 – 2 Sessions – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 12:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – This event is sponsored by the Ridgewood Recreation Department as part of the Village of Ridgewood’s “Spring Into Health” 2023 Wellness Series. Register at www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass.

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NJ College Students Design Winning Conservation Prototype with “EcoBob,” a biodegradable fishing bobber

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Mahwah NJ, A group of student entrepreneurs developed a winning conservation prototype, taking home a national title and a 10,000 dollar cash prize to scale their prototype ahead of the World competition.  Continue reading NJ College Students Design Winning Conservation Prototype with “EcoBob,” a biodegradable fishing bobber

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How To Find The Right Equipment For Your Favourite Hobbies

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No matter what your favorite hobby is, whether it’s golfing, hiking, biking, or fishing, you need the right equipment to make the most of it. With so many options on the market, it can be tough to know where to start. Don’t fret – we’re here to make your search for the ideal equipment a breeze. In this article, you’ll find helpful tips on finding the best gear for all of your hobbies; regardless if you are just getting started or an expert enthusiast! Keep reading and discover valuable advice that will help get you prepared in no time.

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New State Record Hybrid Striped Bass Caught in Monskville Reservoir

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Monskville Reservoir NJ, John Vayda caught the new state record Hybrid Striped Bass in Monskville Reservoir on October 9, 2022. The fish weighed 16 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 31 inches in length with a girth of 23 inches. It replaces Bill Schmidt’s 1999 record hybrid that weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces.

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Today is National Hunting and Fishing Day!

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Thank you New Jersey hunters and anglers for supporting the conservation of our state’s fish and wildlife resources

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Ridgewood NJ, revenue derived from hunting and fishing license and permit sales, as well as Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program grants, directly supports the operation of our state fish hatcheries, stocking programs, enforcement of fish and wildlife regulations, habitat protection, research, wildlife management area maintenance, education programs and more.

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Free Fishing Day Is Saturday, June 4

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Ridgewood NJ, haven’t fished in a while, or maybe never fished? Have a friend or family member who hasn’t either? Saturday is Free Fishing Day, the perfect time for New Jersey residents to try fishing the state’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations including size and daily catch limits remain in effect.

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TROUT STOCKED WATERS REMAIN CLOSED TO TROUT FISHING UNTIL APRIL 9

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Ridgewood NJ, preseason trout stocking continues through April 9 at 8:00 a.m.  Catch and Release of trout is also prohibited during this time period. (* See Exceptions below). Public waters NOT included in the trout stocking program remain open to fishing.

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Fall Trout Stocking Begins Next Week October 12th

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Ridgewood NJ, beginning October 12, two-year old trout averaging about 14″-16″ in length along with some three-year old broodstock , will be stocked in 36 streams, lakes and ponds throughout New Jersey.

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NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife has Officially Certified a New State Record Saltwater Fish Catch

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Perth Amboy NJ, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife has officially certified, and is pleased to announce, the catch of a new state record saltwater fish.

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Summer Time Water Safety Tips

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Ridgewood NJ,  its summer and the CDC offers some water safety tips. What do surfing, fishing, water skiing, and swimming have in common? They are all lots of fun…and they all take place in, on, or around the water! Water activities are a great way to stay cool and have a good time with your friends or your family. Take along these tips — and your common sense — to get wet, make waves, and have a blast!

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June 5 is Free Fishing Day, save money when introduce a friend or family member to fishing with a Buddy License

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Ridgewood NJ, The spring trout stocking program met and exceeded the annual baseline of 570,000 trout with a total of 597,150 stocked. This included 5,745 breeders averaging 15.4″ and another 1,880 beauties averaging 20.2″ The average production fish size was 11.3″, making this spring’s fish some of the largest ever. Many waters will hold trout into the summer, and others provide year-round trout fishing – see the Spring Trout Fishing page for details. And if  you enjoy fishing for other species, there’s the new Great Fishing Close To Home App to get you where the fish are.

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A Wetsuit Buying Guide for Your Next Spearfishing Adventure

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Every fisherman knows that when it comes to getting the best catch in the ocean, it is all about using the right equipment. Whether you’re fishing on a boat or underwater, the right gear makes all the difference in the world, and it is not just about the spearguns and the polespears alone. It is also about wearing and buying the right kind of wetsuit. 

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Trout Season Has Officially Arrived

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Ridgewood NJ, the pre-season catch-and-release period for trout closes today, Friday, April 9, at 11:59 p.m. with the traditional season opening tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, this year’s initial trout stocking began March 15 with waters opening on April 1 for the catch-and-release period. Stocking continued for four weeks and concluded Friday.

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Fall Trout Stocking begins Tuesday ,October 6 in 2020

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Ridgewood NJ, Fall trout-stocking during the second and third weeks in October has become of the most popular stocking programs offered by Fish and Wildlife, particularly since 2006 when the Division began stocking only larger two-year old trout. Anglers enjoy the additional fish provided by the Division as well as the opportunity to fish the waters of New Jersey during one of the most beautiful times of year. The big fish, cool water, great weather and spectacular scenery combined to make the fall season what many consider to be New Jersey’s premium trout fishing season.

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