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.

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

Free Fishing Days

Ready to cast a line? 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 for 2021 in states with League chapters.

Alabama

Second Saturday in June (June 12)

California

First Saturday in July (July 3) and September 4

Colorado

First Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5-6)

Florida

Freshwater: First Saturday and Sunday in April (April 3-4) and second Saturday and Sunday in June (June 12-13)

Saltwater: First Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5-6), first Saturday in September (September 4), and Saturday following Thanksgiving (November 27)

Georgia

First two Saturdays in June (June 5 and 12), and National Hunting and Fishing Day (September 25)

Idaho

Second Saturday in June (June 12)

Illinois

Full Father's Day weekend and following Monday (June 18-21)

Indiana

First Sunday in May (May 2), first Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5-6), and National Hunting and Fishing Day (September 25)

Iowa

First full weekend in June (June 4-6)

Maryland

First two Saturdays in June (June 5 and 12), and Independence Day (July 4)

Massachusetts

Freshwater: First Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5-6)

Saltwater: Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend (June 19-20)

Michigan

Second Saturday and Sunday in February (February 13-14) and second Saturday and Sunday in June (June 12-13)

Minnesota

"Take a Mom Fishing" Saturday and Sunday of Mother's Day (May 8-9, Minnesota resident moms fish for free), and "Take a Kid Fishing Days," second full weekend in June (June 11-13, Minnesota residents are free when fishing with children)

2022: Saturday, Sunday and Monday of MLK Day (January 15-17)

Nebraska

May 22

New York

Saturday and Sunday of President's Day weekend (February 13-14), fourth Saturday and Sunday in June (June 26-27), National Hunting and Fishing Day (September 25), and Veteran's Day (November 11)

North Carolina

Independence Day (July 4)

North Dakota

First Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5-6) and fourth Saturday and Sunday in December (December 25-26, for ice fishing)

Ohio

Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend (June 19-20)

Oregon

Saturday and Sunday of President's Day weekend (February 13-14), first Saturday and Sunday of June (June 5-6), and Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 26-27)

Pennsylvania

Sunday before Memorial Day (May 30) and Independence Day (July 4)

South Dakota

Second Sunday in May (May 9), third full weekend in May (May 21-23), and third Sunday in June (June 20)

Virginia

First full weekend in June (June 4-6)

West Virginia

Second Saturday and Sunday in June (June 12-13)

Wisconsin

Third Saturday and Sunday in January (January 16-17) and first Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5-6)

Wyoming

First Saturday in June (June 5)


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 website.


National Fishing and Boating Week

June 5-13, 2021, marks this year's national celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing.

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