Virginia to host free fishing weekend at the end of September

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV/AP) — Virginia is hosting a free fishing weekend to make up for some bad weather in June.

The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has scheduled two free fishing days Sept. 28-29 in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Inclement weather during free fishing days in June prompted the department to add additional days.

Anyone can fish free in public fresh waters around the state without having to buy a fishing license. A license is still required to fish in marine areas or saltwater portions of tidal waters.

And remember – regardless of whether you have a license or not, all state fishing regulations still apply, which you can find here.

On Sept. 28, the department's staff will be on hand to offer demonstrations, tackle boxes and loaner gear at various locations, including Dorey Park in Henrico County, Burke Lake in Fairfax County and Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

You can find a map with locations of all free fishing days events here.

The event is to allow people who may not otherwise have access to fishing to get the chance and to allow children to be introduced to the activity.

For more information, you can visit the Take Me Fishing website. For information on fishing licenses in Virginia, visit the VDGIF website.