Fishing

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.

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.
A young boy holding a fish he just caught at a National Fishing and Boating event. Photo credit: USFWS

Free Fishing Days

Alabama

June 8

California

July 6 and August 31

Colorado

June 1-2

Florida

Freshwater: April 6-7 and June 8-9
Saltwater: June 1-2, September 7, and November 30

Georgia

June 1, June 8, and September 28

Iowa

June 1-2

Idaho

June 8

Illinois

June 15-16

Indiana

April 20, May 18, June 1-2

Maryland

June 1, June 8, and July 4

Massachusetts

Freshwater: June 1-2 and 15-16
Saltwater: June 15-16

Michigan

February 17-18 and June 8-9

Minnesota

May 11-12 (moms fish free), June 7-9 (when with kids)

North Carolina

July 4

North Dakota

June 1-2 and December 28-29 (ice fishing)

Nebraska

May 26 and July 4

New York

February 16-18, June 29-30, September 28, and November 11

Ohio

May 4-5

Oregon

February 16-17, June 1-2, November 29-30

Pennsylvania

May 26 and July 4

South Dakota

May 18-19

Virginia

June 7-9

Wisconsin

January 19-20, June 1-2

West Virginia

June 8-9

Wyoming

June 1


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.