The 5 Big Benefits of a Free Fishing Day

National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual celebration of fishing and boating that takes place during the first week in June. During this week, many states will be offering free fishing days for you and your family to take advantage of.

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A free fishing day can bring some big benefits along with it. Some of these benefits you may already be aware of, and some you may not. Below are the five big benefits of a free fishing day:

  1. You don’t need to purchase a license to fish on public bodies of water. Free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time without having to purchase a fishing license. If you already have a fishing license, consider mentoring a friend or family member who is new to the sport.

  2. Fishing is a great way to de-stress. Boating and fishing are ranked at the top of the list when it comes to stress-relieving activities. In fact, 90% of kids who spend time outside say being in nature helps relieve stress. A free fishing day is the perfect opportunity to unplug and unwind.

  3. A deeper connection with nature and the outdoors. A day of fishing doesn’t always require a lot of advance planning or a long road trip. You can find a great spot to fish that's close to home by using the places to boat and fish map. Aside from learning new fishing skills, you'll be outdoors in the fresh air listening to the soothing sounds of the waves and the chirping of the birds.

  4. Quality time with family and friends. As our lives and schedules get busier and busier, it becomes more important to consciously set aside quality time with family and friends. Sharing the experience of fishing is the perfect way to bond with the people that we care most about.

  5. Mastery of outdoor skills and the associated feelings of accomplishment. Fishing is a good way to improve your self-esteem through respect for the environment and mastering outdoor skills. One of the best things about fishing is that it's an activity that can be enjoyed at any age.


What are you waiting for? Check to see when the free fishing days will be held in your state and plan to get out on the water. Keep in mind that individual states may place certain restrictions and other regulations may apply, so be sure to contact your state fish and wildlife agency for specific state regulations.

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.