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Free Fishing Day gives anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in lakes and streams. Take your family fishing for free. Find out your state’s free fishing date.
Go Fishing for Free Without a License
Did you know that every state offers “take me fishing” for free days?? That means you can go fishing on specific days without obtaining a license. It is a great time to “test” out fishing or take the kids out for a fun day without worrying about licensing.
Many States also play on special events during this week; such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades, family festivals and local Walmart events during National Fishing and Boating Week. Check out our State section to find an event near you.
Don’t forget your Equipment. It is so important to be a little prepared for your fishing outing. Make sure you have everything you need. You don’t want to get stuck outside and not prepared. Walmart offers a great variety of fishing items at a low cost. You can view those deals here.
About National Fishing & Boating Week
National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, takes place the first week of June every year. This year it is fluctuating a bit from May through the month of August. During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license.
Free Fishing Days schedule
|Alabama||Second Saturday in June. June 12th.|
|Alaska||Youth anglers -15 and people 61+ fish for free year round.|
|Arizona||First Saturday in June. June 5th.|
|Arkansas||Second Full weekend in June. June 11-13th.|
|California||First Saturday in July. July 3th, September 4th.|
|Colorado||First weekend of June. June 5-6th|
|Connecticut||Free Fishing Day May 8th, Free 1 day license, June 20th, August 14th|
|Delaware||First weekend of June. June 5-6th|
|Florida||First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April (freshwater) April 3-4|
Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater) June 12-13
First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater) June 5-6
First Saturday in September (saltwater) Sept 4th
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater) Nov 27th
National Hunting and Fishing Day September 25th
|Hawaii||365 days a year (marine) 365 days a year|
|Idaho||Second Saturday every June. June 12th.|
|Illinois||Father’s Day weekend in June. June 18-21st.|
|Indiana||First Sunday in May. May 2nd.|
And then again the first weekend in June. June 5-6
National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept 25th
|Iowa||First Friday, Saturday and Sunday that land in June. June 4-6th|
|Kansas||Starts the first weekend in June. June 5-6th.|
|Kentucky||First full weekend in June. June 5-6th.|
|Louisiana||Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 12-13th.|
|Maine||Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb 13-14th|
First Weekend in June. June 5-6th.
|Maryland||Beginning two Saturdays in June. June 5th and 12th.|
Then again on the 4th of July
Consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing out on the water for the day.
|Massachusetts||First Saturday & Sunday in June (Freshwater). June 5-6th.|
Father’s Day weekend June (Saltwater) June 19-20th.
|Minnesota||Take a Mom Fishing Weekend (Minnesota resident moms fish free) May 8-9th|
Then take a Kid Fishing Weekend (Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16) June 11-13th
Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16) Jan. 15-17th 2022
|Mississippi||On June 5 and 6, 2021, & July 4th during National Fishing and Boating Week, a sport fishing license is not required for Mississippi residents for all public waters, and fishing permits for all anglers at State Lakes and State Park Lake are free!|
|Missouri||Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June 12-13|
|Montana||Father’s Day weekend June 19-20th|
|Nebraska||Free Fishing Day May 22nd|
|Nevada||Second Saturday in June. Jun 12th|
|New Hampshire||Third Saturday in January. Jan 16th|
First Saturday in June. June 5th
|New Jersey||June 5th|
|New Mexico||First Saturday in June, June 5th|
Last Saturday in September, Sept 25th
|New York||February 13-14th|
|North Carolina||Independence Day July 4th.|
|North Dakota||First weekend in June. June 5-6th.|
Last weekend in December; Dec 25-26th
|Ohio||Father’s Day Weekend June 19-20th|
|Oklahoma||First Weekend in June. June 5-6th|
|Oregon||President’s Day Weekend Feb 13-14th|
First Weekend in June, June 5-6th
Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 26-27th
|Pennsylvania||Sunday before Memorial Day May 30th|
Independence Day July 4th.
|Rhode Island||First Weekend in May. (Freshwater Fishing only) May 1-2nd|
|South Carolina||Memorial Day, May 31st|
Independence Day, July 4th.
Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time.
|South Dakota||May 9th|
|Tennessee||Saturday of the first full week in June. June 12th|
|Texas||First Saturday in June. June 5th|
|Vermont||Fourth Saturday in January. Jan 30th|
Second Saturday in June. June 12nd
|Virginia||First full weekend in June. June 4-6th|
|Washington||First weekend after the first Monday in June. June 5-6th|
|West Virginia||Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 12-13th.|
|Wisconsin||Winter Free Fishing weekend – Third weekend in January, Jan 16-17th|
Summer Free Fishing weekend – First Saturday and Sunday in June, June 5-6th
|Wyoming||First Saturday in June. June 5th.|