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Contact: Kristin Gibbs, Supervisory Park Ranger, (570) 426-2430
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a "Fish-for-Free Fishing Contest and Citizen Science" program will be offered at Blue Mountain Lake on the New Jersey side of the park on Saturday, June 13th from 2 pm to 6 pm. Anglers of all ages are encouraged to participate in this free fishing contest to help collect fish that will be tested as part of a study of mercury contamination being conducted by the National Park Service and United States Geological Survey.
No fishing license is required because the New Jersey Division of Fishand Wildlife has designated Saturday, June 13th as a Fish-for-Free day, so New Jersey residents and non-residents alike can fish without a license on this day. "This is an excellent opportunity for families to enjoy fishing together while contributing to a scientific study," says Superintendent John J.Donahue.
Part of the goal of this event is to collect a number of largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bluegill or pumpkinseed sunfish in a range of sizes. A prize will be awarded to anyone who provide any of these fish for the study. In addition, special prizes will be awarded to the first person to provide any of these species of fish in certain size categories (small, medium, and large).
Pre-registration is requested. Call Kristin Gibbs at (570) 426-2430 before June 11 to sign up.
Blue Mountain Lake is located off Blue Mountain Lake Road off Old Mine Road on the New Jersey side of the park. For more information or directions, call park headquarters between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm at (570) 426-2452; visit our website at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS.