Freshwater fishing free this weekend in Massachusetts

Saturday and Sunday as free freshwater fishing weekend

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BOSTON (AP) — For those wanting to put up the “Gone Fishing” sign this weekend, the state is adding a little extra incentive.

MassWildlife has designated Saturday and Sunday as free freshwater fishing weekend. It means you won’t need a fishing license to cast a line at any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream in the Bay State.

Officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of the opportunity by inviting a friend or family member to go fishing with them.

A freshwater fishing license is required at all other times of the season for anyone 15 years of age or older.

22News went to Veteran’s Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley where plenty of people were wetting a line.

Jeremy Wade of Chicopee told 22News “It’s great! They should do it once a month! Kids, if they’re catching fish, they’ll like it. If they’re not catching fish, it’s like going to school.”

Licenses cost $27.50 but are free for Massachusetts residents 70 and older and those ages 15 to 17.