Free Fishing Days 2023

These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a 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, thank you for your purchase and for doing your part to support the efforts of your state fish and wildlife agency to make great fishing for current and future generations. Please also consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.

Find out what you need to get out on the water. Learn how to fish, find places to fish and boat using our interactive map, get a fishing license or register your boat.

States Free Fishing Days 2023

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

Second Saturday in June. June 12, 2023
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Alaska

Youth anglers 15 and under and anglers 61 and older fish for free year-round.
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Arizona

First Saturday in June. June 5, 2023
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Arkansas

Second full weekend in June. June 11-13, 2023
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California

Saturday July 3 and Saturday September 4, 2023
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Colorado

June 5-6, 2023
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Connecticut

Saturday, May 8
June 20
August 14
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DC

May 31 - June 6, 2023

Delaware

First full weekend of June. June 5-6, 2023
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Florida

First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April (freshwater) April 3-4
Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater) June 12-13
First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater) June 5-6
First Saturday in September (saltwater) September 4
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater) November 27
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Georgia

June 5, June 12
National Hunting and Fishing day September 24, 2023
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Hawaii

365 days a year (marine)
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Idaho

Second Saturday every June. June 12, 2023
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Illinois

Father's Day weekend in June. June 18-21, 2023
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Indiana

May 2, June 5-6
National Public Lands Day September 24, 2023
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Iowa

Free Fishing Weekend is the first Friday - Sunday that falls in June (June 4-6, 2023).
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Kansas

June 5-6, 2023
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Kentucky

June 5-6, 2023
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Louisiana

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 12-13, 2023
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Maine

Feb 18-19 and June 3-4, 2023
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Maryland

June 5, June 12, July 4 Independence Day, 2023
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Massachusetts

Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend is June 3-4, 2023
Free Saltwater Fishing Weekend is June 17-18, 2023.
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Michigan

The winter weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday of President's Day weekend and the summer weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday following the first full week of June
Winter: Feb 18-19, 2023
Summer: June 10-11, 2023
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Minnesota

Jan. 14-16, 2023 - MN Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16)
May 8-9, 2023 - Take a Mom Fishing Weekend (Minnesota resident moms fish free)
June 11-13, 2023 - Take a Kid Fishing Weekend (Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16)
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Mississippi

On June 5 and 6, 2023, during National Fishing and Boating Week, a sport fishing license is not required for Mississippi residents for all public waters, and fishing permits for all anglers at State Lakes and State Park Lakes are free!
Mississippi residents can fish without a fishing license on July 4th in all waters of the state. State Fishing Lake and State Park Permits are required to fish in State Fishing Lakes and State Park Lakes on July 4.
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Missouri

Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. June 12-13, 2023
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Montana

Father's Day weekend. June 19-20, 2023
Mothers Day Weekend May 7-8
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Nebraska

Free Fishing/Free Park Entry Day on Saturday, May 22, 2023
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Nevada

Second Saturday in June. June 12th, 2023
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New Hampshire

Third Saturday in January. Jan 21, 2023
First Saturday in June. June 3, 2023
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New Jersey

June 5 and October 23, 2023
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New Mexico

First Saturday in June. June 5, 2023
Last Saturday in September. September 25, 2023
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New York

February 18 & 19, 2023 (President's Day Weekend)
June 24 & 25, 2023
September 23, 2023 (National Hunting & Fishing Day)
November 11, 2023 (Veterans Day)
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North Carolina

July 4 Independence Day
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North Dakota

First weekend in June. June 5-6, 2023.
Last weekend in Dec. December 25-26, 2023
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Ohio

Father’s Day weekend. June 19-20, 2023
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Oklahoma

First Weekend in June. June 5-6, 2023
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Oregon

President’s Day weekend, Feb 18-19, 2023
First Weekend in June. June 3-4, 2023
Thanksgiving Weekend. November 24-25, 2023
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Pennsylvania

Sunday before Memorial Day. May 30, 2023
Independence Day, July 4, 2023
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Rhode Island

First Weekend in May. (Freshwater Fishing only) May 1-2, 2023
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South Carolina

Memorial Day May 31, 2023
Independence Day, July 4, 2023
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South Dakota

May 9 & 21-23, 2023
June 20, 2023
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Tennessee

Saturday of the first full week in June. June 12, 2023
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Texas

First Saturday in June. June 5, 2023
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Utah

June 12, 2023
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Vermont

Free Ice Fishing Day and Fishing Festival. January 28, 2023
Second Saturday in June. June 10, 2023
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Virginia

First full weekend in June. June 4-6, 2023
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Washington

first weekend after the first Monday in June. June 5-6 & 13, 2023
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West Virginia

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 12-13, 2023
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Wisconsin

Winter Free Fishing weekend - Third weekend in January. January 21-22, 2023
Summer Free Fishing weekend - First Saturday and Sunday in June. June 2-3, 2023
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Wyoming

First Saturday in June. June 5, 2023
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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 4-12, 2023. Learn more about National Fishing and Boating Week.