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National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration, an event that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing. National Fishing and Boating Week will take place June 6-14th, 2020.


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 upcoming free fishing days in your state.

Some states will also offer free fishing on National Hunting and Fishing Day  as well as National Fishing Day. These events are celebrated annually, so mark your calendar. 


The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! These are some of our ideas in how you can celebrate during this week:

1.Use our Interactive Map

Find places to fish and boat near you using our Interactive Map.

2. Learn to Fish

Watch our instructional videos and read tips from pros on how to cast, tie knots and make fishing rigs in our How to Fish section.

3. Get Your Fish On

Use the hashtags #FirstCatch and #GetYourFishOn and follow Take Me Fishing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

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5. Attend an Event

Many states hold events such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades and family festivals during National Fishing and Boating Week. Check out our State Info section to find an event near you.

6. Mentor or Teach Someone New to Fish

During National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, take someone new with you: a child, a relative, a friend.

7. Share this National Celebration on Social Media

Join others in sharing the joys of boating and fishing by spreading the word through your social media channels.

Click on the images for the full size and share them as badges on your social pages!


You may not know it, but participation in fishing and boating week events actually helps fund efforts to conserve our natural waterways. A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation's waterways through a program called the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This means that every time you purchase a fishing license or register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love.



Boating and Fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends anytime. Here are just a few reasons why you should get out on the water and start enjoying these activities:

  • Connect with your Family: Family fishing is a great way for family members of all ages to connect and have fun.
  • De-stress: Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities.
  • Help Conserve: The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.

Getting a fishing license is easier than you think. Learn how you can purchase your fishing license online, types of fishing licenses, check state requirements, register your boat and more information.