Discover Your State’s Free Fishing Days for 2024

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Dive into the excitement of Free Fishing Days, an annual tradition that celebrates the joy of fishing without the need for a license!

Fishing is a beloved pastime for many, and many states offer “free fishing days” where residents and visitors can fish without a license. These days are a great opportunity for people to try out fishing for the first time, or for experienced anglers to introduce a friend or family member to the sport.

So mark your calendars and get ready to seize this remarkable promotion. Free Fishing Days provide an unforgettable experience, allowing you to create lasting memories while embracing the beauty of our waterways. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a chance to unwind, these special days offer something for everyone.

To make things even more exciting, the specific dates vary from state to state. So, don’t forget to click the link below to find out when your state is generously offering free fishing days.

Alabama Second Saturday in June. June 10, 2023
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Alaska Youth anglers 15 and under and anglers 61 and older fish for free year-round.
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Arizona First Saturday in June. June 3, 2023
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Arkansas Second full weekend in June. June 10-11, 2023
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California Saturday July 1 and Saturday September 2, 2023
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Colorado June 3-4, 2023
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Connecticut Saturday, May 13 & June 18, 2023
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DC June 10-11, 2023
Delaware First full weekend of June. June 3-4, 2023
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Florida First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April (freshwater) April 1-2
Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater) June 3-4
First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater) June 3-4
First Saturday in September (saltwater) September 2
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater) November 25
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Georgia June 5, June 12
National Hunting and Fishing day September 23, 2023
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Hawaii 365 days a year (marine)
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Idaho Second Saturday every June. June 10, 2023
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Illinois Father’s Day weekend in June. June 17-18, 2023
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Indiana May 7, June 3-4
National Public Lands Day September 23, 2023
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Iowa Free Fishing Weekend is the first Friday – Sunday that falls in June (June 2-4, 2023).
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Kansas June 3-4, 2023
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Kentucky June 3-4, 2023
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Louisiana Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 10-11, 2023
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Maine Feb 18-19 and June 3-4, 2023
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Maryland June 3, June 10, July 4 Independence Day, 2023. Year-round License-free fishing areas throughout the tidal portions of the Chesapeake Bay
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Massachusetts Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend is June 3-4, 2023
Free Saltwater Fishing Weekend is June 17-18, 2023.
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Michigan The winter weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend and the summer weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday following the first full week of June
Winter: Feb 18-19, 2023
Summer: June 10-11, 2023
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Minnesota Jan. 14-16, 2023 – MN Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16)
May 13-14, 2023 – Take a Mom Fishing Weekend (Minnesota resident moms fish free)
June 9-11, 2023 – Take a Kid Fishing Weekend (Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16)
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Mississippi On June 3 and 4, 2023, 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 Lakes are free!
Mississippi residents can fish without a fishing license on July 4th in all waters of the state. State Fishing Lake and State Park Permits are required to fish in State Fishing Lakes and State Park Lakes on July 4.
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Missouri Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. June 10-11, 2023
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Montana Father’s Day weekend. June 17-18, 2023
Mothers Day Weekend May 7-8
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Nebraska Free Fishing/Free Park Entry Day on Saturday, May 20, 2023
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Nevada Second Saturday in June. June 10, 2023
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New Hampshire Third Saturday in January. Jan 21, 2023
First Saturday in June. June 3, 2023
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New Jersey June 3 and October 21, 2023
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New Mexico First Saturday in June. June 3, 2023
Last Saturday in September. September 30, 2023
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New York February 18 & 19, 2023 (President’s Day Weekend)
June 24 & 25, 2023
September 23, 2023 (National Hunting & Fishing Day)
November 11, 2023 (Veterans Day)
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North Carolina July 4 Independence Day
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North Dakota First weekend in June. June 3-4, 2023.
Last weekend in Dec. December 30-31, 2023
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Ohio Father’s Day weekend. June 18-19, 2023
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Oklahoma First Weekend in June. June 3-4, 2023
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Oregon President’s Day weekend, Feb 18-19, 2023
First Weekend in June. June 3-4, 2023
Thanksgiving Weekend. November 25-26, 2023
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Pennsylvania Sunday before Memorial Day. May 28, 2023
Independence Day, July 4, 2023
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Rhode Island First Weekend in May. (Freshwater Fishing only) May 6-7, 2023
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South Carolina Memorial Day May 29, 2023
Independence Day, July 4, 2023
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South Dakota May 21-23, 2023
June 18, 2023
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Tennessee Saturday of the first full week in June. June 10, 2023
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Texas First Saturday in June. June 3, 2023
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Utah June 10, 2023
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Vermont Free Ice Fishing Day and Fishing Festival. January 28, 2023
Second Saturday in June. June 10, 2023
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Virginia First full weekend in June. June 2-4, 2023
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Washington “Free Fishing Weekend” is June 10-11, 2023
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West Virginia Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 10-11, 2023
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Wisconsin Winter Free Fishing weekend – Third weekend in January. January 21-22, 2023
Summer Free Fishing weekend – First Saturday and Sunday in June. June 3-4, 2023
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Wyoming First Saturday in June. June 3, 2023
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Join the annual celebration, connect with fellow fishing enthusiasts, and embrace the joy of angling during Free Fishing Days. Together, let’s ensure that this timeless tradition continues to flourish, promoting outdoor recreation, conservation efforts, and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

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