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Family Fishing Day at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, June 15, 2014
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Jake Stauffer proudly displays his catch.
Jake Stauffer proudly displays his catch. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Father/Daughter Team Effort
Father/Daughter Team Effort - Photo Credit: USFWS
Family Fishing Fun
Family Fishing Fun - Photo Credit: USFWS
Proud Papa, excited little girl.
Proud Papa, excited little girl. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Fishing from the new dock.
Fishing from the new dock. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Kassie Britt shows off a large-mouth bass.
Kassie Britt shows off a large-mouth bass. - Photo Credit: USFWS

The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosted its annual family fishing event on Father's Day, in conjunction with the free fishing weekend offered by the State of New Jersey, which allows the freedom to fish without the license requirement. For the first time, this refuge event was held at the Owens Station Crossing property. Approximately 150 people came to fish and explore this new recreational area.
Owens Station Crossing, offers two catch and release fishing areas: a 50 acre lake and a small pond. Although they are not stocked, these areas provide excellent fishing. Large-mouth bass, pickerel, crappies and sunfish eagerly took the bait with many good sized fish being taken.
For the 6th year the refuge partnered with the Double V Rod and Gun Club of Vernon. The refuge provided loaner poles and the Double V club provided bait and hands on assistance.  Excellent weather accompanied the good fishing.


Contact Info: Fran Stephenson, 973-702-7266 x 10, fran_stephenson@fws.gov



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