Free Fishing Days 2017

During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Check out the next free fishing days in your state.

Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.

State's Free Fishing Days 2017

Please note that the 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.

Alabama

6/10/17

Arkansas

6/09/17 to 6/11/17

Arizona

6/3/17

California

7/01/17 & 9/02/17

Colorado

6/3/17 to 6/4/17 First full weekend of June, each year

Connecticut

5/13/17

District of Columbia

6/02/17 to 6/04/17

Delaware

6/3/17 to 6/4/17

Florida

First Saturday and Sunday in April (freshwater)
Second Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater)
First Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater)
First Saturday in September (saltwater)
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater)

Georgia

6/3/17, 6/10/17 & 9/23/17

Hawaii

365 days a year (marine)

Iowa

June 2, 3 & 4

Idaho

6/10/17 Second Saturday every June

Illinois

6/16/17 to 6/19/17 Father's Day weekend in June

Indiana

4/15/17, 5/20/17, 6/3/17 to 6/4/17

Kansas

6/3/17 to 6/4/17 The first full weekend in June

Kentucky

6/3/17 to 6/4/17 The first full weekend in June

Louisiana

6/10/17 & 6/11/17

Maine

6/3/17 & 6/4/17

Maryland

6/3/17, 6/10/17, 7/4/17

Massachusetts

6/3/17 & 6/4/17

Michigan

6/10/17 & 6/11/17

Minnesota

5/13/17 to 5/14/17
6/9/17 to 6/11/17
1/13/18 to 1/15/18

Missouri

5/6/17

Mississippi

6/3/17 to 6/4/16 & 7/4/17

Montana

6/17/17 to 6/18/17

North Carolina

7/4/17

North Dakota

6/3/17 to 6/4/17 & 12/30/17 to 12/31/17

Nebraska

5/20/17 Saturday before Memorial Day Weekend

New Hampshire

6/17/17 The first Saturday in June
1/20/18 The third Saturday in January

New Jersey

6/10/17 & 10/21/17

New Mexico

6/4/17 & 9/24/17

New York

6/24/17 to 6/25/17 & 11/11/17

Nevada

6/10/17

Ohio

5/6/17 to 5/7/17

Oklahoma

6/3/17 to 6/4/17

Oregon

6/3/17 to 6/4/17

Pennsylvania

5/28/17 & 7/4/17

Rhode Island

5/06/17 to 5/07/17

South Carolina

5/29/17 Memorial Day
7/4/17 Independence Day

South Dakota

5/28/17 to 5/30/17

Tennessee

6/10/17

Texas

6/3/17

Utah

6/10/17

Virginia

6/2/17 to 6/4/17

Vermont

01/28/17 Free ice fishing day

Washington

6/10/17 & 6/11/17

Wisconsin

6/3/17 & 6/4/17

West Virginia

6/10/17 & 6/11/17

Wyoming

6/3/17

National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration of fishing and boating, an event that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing our quality of life and preserving our country's natural beauty. This year the event will take place on June 3-11. Learn more about National Fishing and Boating Week.