When you purchase a fishing license, you’re helping to contribute to the conservation and protection of your state’s fish and wildlife resources. The revenue from recreational license purchases often fund state conservation programs, resources management, research, and educational programs.
If you’re looking for places to fish without a license, be prepared to do a little research. A good starting point is to check the website of your state fish and wildlife agency where you can also find information about the types of licenses available, regulations, and exemptions, if any. Some states don’t require fishing licenses in their state parks, but this varies by location so it’s important to always review the laws and regulations first.
During National Fishing and Boating Week, all states offer free fishing days where anglers can fish without a license on public bodies of water. Dates vary by state so you’ll want to review this year's free fishing dates on our website.
Visiting places to fish without a license is great way to introduce non-fishing friends to the sport without having to commit to a license purchase up-front. If you intend to be an avid angler who fishes frequently, your best choice would be to purchase a long-term license (even a lifetime license!). You won’t have to go through the hassles of figuring out where to fish without a license or renewing it every time you want to hit the water.
If you’re still interested in finding places to fish without a license, another option is to book a local fishing guide. Guides carry licenses that cover their clients plus they are professionals who know when, where, and how to find the fish.
The overarching recommendation is to spend less time worrying where to fish without a license by purchasing your recreational fishing license today!