Fishing

Fish Your Way to Clean Water

Fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy some time outdoors. It's also a great way to protect fish habitat! The money you spend on a fishing license helps fund work to conserve waters, wetlands, and other resources in your state that are needed for healthy fish and wildlife populations. A portion of the sales of fishing equipment also helps fund state conservation efforts as well as support outdoor recreation opportunities.

Equipment Discounts for League Chapters

Zebco’s Family Fishing Program provides discounted rods and reels to non-profit organizations that engage youth and families in fishing activities. (NOTE: Items must be used for a League chapter’s fishing event or given as prizes at such events.)

zebco_logo_smChapters can take advantage of this opportunity by e-mailing chapters@iwla.org for an authorized discount code and ordering instructions before you can place an order. Please include your name, chapter name, and officer title (if applicable) in your email.

Fishing and Clean Water: What We Can Learn From Our Founding Ikes

Our waters may not be as pristine as they once were, but the fish are always biting. Who do I have to thank for these bountiful fish populations? Well, in part I owe thanks to our founding Ikes.

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Free Fishing Days

Ready to cast a line? Many states offer "free fishing days" so try fishing for a day without having to purchase a license. It's the perfect opportunity to try it yourself or introduce family and friends to the fun of fishing. Your local Izaak Walton League chapter may offer fishing events for beginners, so check with your local chapter

Here are the free fishing day dates in states with League chapters.

Free Fishing Days

Alabama

June 9

California

July 7 and September 1

Colorado

First full weekend in June

Florida

Freshwater: 1st Saturday and Sunday in April; 2nd Saturday and Sunday in June
Saltwater: 1st Saturday and Sunday in June; 1st Saturday in September; Saturday following Thanksgiving

Georgia

June 3, June 10, and September 23

Iowa

June 2-4 (Iowa residents only)

Idaho

June 10

Illinois

June 16-19

Indiana

April 15, May 20, June 3-4 (Indiana residents only)

Maryland

June 3, June 10, July 4

Massachusetts

June 3-4

Michigan

June 10-11

Minnesota

May 13-14, June 9-1 (and January 13-15, 2018)

North Carolina

July 4

North Dakota

June 3-4 and December 30 -31(North Dakota residents only)

Nebraska

May 27

New York

June 24-25, November 11

Ohio

May 6-7

Oklahoma

June 3- 4

Oregon

June 3-4

Pennsylvania

May 28, July 4

South Dakota

May 28-30

Virginia

June 2-4

Washington

June 10-11

Wisconsin

June 3-4

West Virginia

June 10-11

Wyoming

June 3


Note:
 Always refer to state fishing regulations.
 
For a complete list of "free fishing days" in these and other states, visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's Web site.