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There is no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free fishing days!

Every year we celebrate our fishing and boating heritage in an event called National Fishing and Boating Week.  The week highlights our two favorite activities and how important they are to making our lives better.  This year the National Fishing and Boating week runs from June 6-14, 2015, and that’s also the time when folks can go fishing for free.  So let’s make this easy and focus on just what you need to know.

Check out to see when your state offers free fishing days. You don’t need a fishing license during those planned times, but if you plan on continuing to fish (I hope you do) then you’ll need to buy one.
You’re going to need to know where to go, so check out the best places to fish on the interactive map. You’ll find places to fish, boat ramps, lodging and accommodations and a number of restaurants and places to eat.

If you’re going fishing for the first time or if you need a brush up then visit our How to Fish section. Refresh on terminology, fish species, methods and techniques.  Study as little or as much as you’d like to get on the water.

Send us a picture. A #firstcatch of the day is worth sharing, and we want to see what you caught.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a corker of a fish or if its size resembles bait, just snap,post away and check for other great catches!.

The reason that tens of millions of folks go fishing is because its fun.  Here’s to having a great time!

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.