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.

Free Fishing Days

We have a list of free fishing day dates in states with League chapters.

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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

June 2-3

Florida

Freshwater: April 7-8 and June 9-10
Saltwater: June 2-3, September 1-2, and November 24

Georgia

June 3, June 9, and September 22

Iowa

June 1-3

Idaho

June 9

Illinois

June 16-17

Indiana

April 21, May 19, June 2-3

Maryland

June 2, June 9, and July 4

Massachusetts

June 2-3

Michigan

February 17-18 and June 9-10

Minnesota

May 12-13 (moms fish free), June 8-10, and January 19-21, 2019

North Carolina

July 4

North Dakota

June 2-3 and December 29-30

Nebraska

May 26 and July 4

New York

February 17-18, June 23-24, September 22, and November 11

Ohio

May 5-6

Oklahoma

June 2-3

Oregon

February 17-18, June 2-3, September 1-2, and November 23-24

Pennsylvania

May 27 and July 4

South Dakota

May 18-20

Virginia

June 1-3

Washington

June 10-11

Wisconsin

June 2-3 and January 19-20, 2019 

West Virginia

June 9-10

Wyoming

June 2


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.