National Fishing and Boating Week

The water is open. Take this opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time with your family. National Fishing and Boating Week will take place June 3-11, 2023.

Spend quality time with your family, invite a friend new to fishing to try it, and explore the benefits of being outdoors and by the water. There are many ways to be part of the celebration:


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

2. Find Your Best Self on the Water

Whether you’re an experienced angler, or casting your first line, there is always more to learn and to enjoy. Get hooked on the life-changing benefits of fishing and boating.

3. Enter the Fearless Fishing Line Sweepstakes

When you cast off, you never know what you’ll reel in. But research shows the real catch doesn’t have scales. You can’t hold it or see it. But you can feel it. Enter for a chance to win a limited-edition line and a $25 gift card to cover the costs of your fishing license so you can keep reeling in all year long.

4. Enjoy Free Fishing Days

Check out the full list of free fishing days per each state and the District of Columbia. Free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for beginners to try fishing and for avid anglers to take someone new fishing. Share your experience across social media with @take_me_fishing #FindYourBestSelf and follow us on Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

5. Find Places to Go Fishing and Boating

Access the Take Me Fishing interactive map and find out where to fish or boat throughout the U.S. or near you. You can also search for local public fishing spots, places to buy fishing gear, where to get a fishing license, find out the best times to fish, public boat ramps, and more.

6. Learn How to Fish

Check out the new step-by-step guides and tips from pros or watch our instructional videos on how to cast, tie knots and make fishing rigs in our How to Fish section.

7. Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with Others

Share your favorite fishing and boating memory, and experiences during National Fishing and Boating Week, and spread the word about the joys and benefits of fishing and boating through your social media channels with the hashtag #NFBW2023.

8. Learn More About Fishing and Boating

Watch our YouTube videos to learn new knots and techniques, and get inspired for your next fishing and boating adventure.

9. Do your Part to Conserve our Waterways

You may not know it, but participation in National Fishing and Boating Week events helps fund efforts to conserve our natural waterways. When you buy a fishing license you are directly contributing to state conservation programs including fisheries management, habitat protection and fishing education. A portion of all fishing and boating as well as license 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, fishing tackle, boat supplies, and register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love.

Benefits Of Outdoor Actitivies Like Fishing And Boating

Fishing and Boating 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.