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Free Fishing Days 2020

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, 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.

Alabama

Second Saturday in June. June 13

Arizona

First Saturday in June. June 6

Arkansas

Second Full weekend in June. June 12-14

California

First Saturday in July. July 4th, September 5th

Colorado

First weekend of June. June 6-7

Connecticut

Free Fishing Day May 9th, Free 1 day license, June 21st, August 8th

DC

TBD

Delaware

First weekend of June. June 6-7

Florida

First weekend in April (freshwater fishing days) April 4-5
Second Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater) June 13-14
First Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater) June 6-7
First Saturday in September (saltwater) Sept 5th
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater) Nov 28th

Georgia

Sep 26th

 

 

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Hawaii

365 days a year (marine) 365 days a year

Idaho

Second Saturday every June. June 13th

Illinois

Father's Day weekend in June. June 19-22

Indiana

First Sunday in May May 3rd
First weekend in June. June 6-7
Sept 26th

Iowa

First Friday, Saturday and Sunday that land in June. June 5-7

Kansas

First weekend in June. June 6-7

Kentucky

First full weekend in June. June 6-7

Louisiana

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 13-14

Maine

Presidents Day Weekend, Feb 15-16
May 30-31

Maryland

First two Saturdays in June. June 6th and 13th
4th of July

 

 

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Massachusetts

First Saturday & Sunday in June (Freshwater). June 6-7
Fathers Day weekend June (Saltwater) June 20-21

Michigan

Feb 15 & 16
June 13 & 14

Minnesota

MN Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16) Jan. 18 - 20, 2020
Take a Mom Fishing Weekend (Minnesota resident moms fish free) May 9-10, 2020
Take a Kid Fishing Weekend (Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16) June 5-7, 2020

Mississippi

June 6-7 "Mississippi residents can fish without a fishing license (State Fishing Lake and State Park Permits are required to fish in State Fishing Lakes and State Park Lakes on July 4.)" July 4th

Missouri

It is the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. June 6-7

Montana

Father's Day weekend June 20-21

Nebraska

TBD

Nevada

Second Saturday in June. Jun 13

New Hampshire

Third Saturday in January. Jan 18
First Saturday in June. June 6

 

 

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New Jersey

June 6
October 17th

New Mexico

First Saturday in June, June 6 last Saturday in September, Sept 26th

New York

June 27-28, 2020
September 26, 2020
November 11
February 15-16

North Carolina

Independence Day July 4th

North Dakota

First weekend in June. June 6-7
Last weekend in Dec Dec 26-27

Ohio

Father's Day Weekend June 20-21

Oklahoma

First Weekend in June. June 6-7

Oregon

President’s Day Weekend Feb 15-16
First Weekend in June, June 6-7
August August 15-16
Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 27-28

Pennsylvania

Sunday before Memorial Day May 24th
Independence Day July 4th

Rhode Island

First Weekend in May. (Freshwater Fishing only) May 2-3

South Carolina

Memorial Day, May 25th
Independence Day, July 4th

 

 

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South Dakota

Third weekend in May, May 15-17

Tennessee

June 6-12

Texas

First Saturday in June. June 6

Utah

June 6th

Vermont

Fourth Saturday in January , Jan 25th
Second Saturday in June, June 13

Virginia

First full weekend in June. June 5-7

Washington

first weekend after the first Monday in June. June 6-7

West Virginia

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 13-14

Wisconsin

Winter Free Fishing weekend - Third weekend in January, Jan 18-19
Summer Free Fishing weekend - First Saturday and Sunday in June, June 6-7

Wyoming

First Saturday in June. June 6

 

 

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During National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), all states (and Washington, DC) offer free fishing days. These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a license on public bodies of water. Free Fishing Days activities vary by state. For free fishing day Texas, the state releases hundreds of catfish to help beginners catch a bite. Free fishing day California is known for the many varieties of fish made available. Check out the Free Fishing Days 2020 activities in your state to see how your state celebrates this fun-for-all-ages event.

NFBW 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 6-14, 2020. Learn more about National Fishing and Boating Week.