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Find your state’s free fishing weekend

April 13, 2018

License-free fishing days are available in many states across the United States. These are great days to bring kids, a date, or friends on their first fishing trip. Connect with nature, enjoy family and friends, and all without the slight hassle of getting a game license.

You can also use free fishing days to travel to a nearby state where you may not otherwise fish.

Free fishing days are also a great time to become an ambassador of the sport. Encourage others to practice catch-and-release for big game fish and fish not used for cooking.

ALABAMA

  • June 9, 2018

ARKANSAS

  • June 8-10, 2018

ARIZONA

  • June 2, 2018

CALIFORNIA

  • July 7, 2018
  • September 1, 2018

COLORADO

  • June 2-3, 2018

CONNECTICUT
(you must apply for a free one-day license)

  • May 12, 2018
  • June 12, 2018
  • August 11, 2018

DELAWARE

  • June 2-3, 2018

FLORIDA

  • Saltwater
    • June 2 and 3, 2018
    • Sept. 1, 2018
    • Nov. 24, 2018
  • Freshwater
    • April 7 and 8, 2018
    • June 9 and 10, 2018

GEORGIA

  • June 2, 2018
  • June 9, 2018
  • September 22, 2018

Hawaii – does not require a fishing license

IOWA

  • June 1-3, 2018

IDAHO

  • June 9, 2018

ILLINOIS

  • Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17
  • June 16-17, 2018

INDIANA

  • April 21, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
  • June 2-3, 2018

KANSAS

  • June 2-3, 2018

KENTUCKY

  •  June 2-3, 2018

LOUISIANA

  • June 9-10, 2018

MAINE

  •  June 2-3, 2018

MASSACHUSETTS

  •  June 2-3, 2018 (freshwater)
  • Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17 (saltwater)

MICHIGAN

  • June 9-10, 2018

MINNESOTA

  • May 12-13, 2018 (resident moms only)
  • June 8-10, 2018 (residents only)
  • January 19-21, 2019 (residents only)

MISSOURI

  • June 9 & 10, 2018

MISSISSIPPI

  • June 2-3, 2018
  • July 4, 2018

MONTANA

  • Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17

NORTH CAROLINA

  • July 4

NORTH DAKOTA

  • June 2-3, 2018
  • December 29-30 (free ice fishing day)

NEBRASKA

  • May 26, 2018
  • July 4, 2018

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • June 2, 2018

NEW JERSEY

  • June 9, 2018
  • October 20, 2018

NEW MEXICO

  • June 9, 2018

NEW YORK

  • February 17-18, 2018
  • June 23-24, 2018
  • September 22, 2018
  • November 11, 2018

NEVADA

  • June 9, 2018

OHIO

  • May 5-6, 2018

OKLAHOMA

  • June 2-3, 2018

OREGON

  • June 2-3, 2018
  • September 1-2, 2018
  • November 23-24, 2018

PENNSYLVANIA

  • May 27, 2018
  • July 4, 2018

RHODE ISLAND

  • May 5-6 (freshwater only)

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • May 28, 2018
  • July 4, 2018

SOUTH DAKOTA

  • May 18-20, 2018

TENNESSEE

  • June 9, 2018

TEXAS

  • June 2, 2018

UTAH

  • June 9, 2018

VIRGINIA

  • June 1-3, 2018

VERMONT

  • June 9, 2018

WASHINGTON

  • June 10-11, 2018

WISCONSIN

  • June 2-3, 2018
  • January 19-20, 2019

WEST VIRGINIA

  • June 9-10, 2018

WYOMING

  • June 2, 2018

In almost every state all freshwater and saltwater fishing regulations still apply, even on free fishing days. Use public bodies of water, keep your boats safe and under control, know protected species, seasons, and bag limits, and remember you may need a vehicle pass for some parks.

Check with your local Natural Resources department or local conservation or law enforcement with questions.

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