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Free Fishing Days 2024

Free Fishing Days 2024

These are days when anglers can go fishing without a license. Some states even offer free fishing weekends. Check out the next free fishing days in your state.

Fishing is a beloved pastime for many, and many states offer "free fishing days" where residents and visitors can fish without a license. These days are a great opportunity for people to try out fishing for the first time, or for experienced anglers to introduce a friend or family member to the sport.

States Free Fishing Days 2024

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

June 1-9, 2024
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Alaska

Residents under 18 and over 60 as well as disabled veterans fish for free year-round; other residents are required to have a fishing license.
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Arizona

June 1, 2024
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Arkansas

June 7-9, 2024
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California

July 6 and August 31, 2024
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Colorado

June 1-2, 2024
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Connecticut

May 11, 2024 | June 16, 2024 is Free Fishing License Day 1 | August 10, 2024, is Free Fishing License Day 2.
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DC

June 1-9, 2024
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Delaware

June 1 and 2, 2024
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Florida

April 6-7 and June 8-9 (freshwater); June 1-2, Sept. 7 and Nov. 30, 2024 (saltwater)
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Georgia

June 1, June 8, and September 28, 2024
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Hawaii

365 days a year (marine)
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Idaho

Second Saturday every June. June 8, 2024
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Illinois

June 14 - 17, 2024
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Indiana

May 12, June 1-2, and September 28, 2024
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Iowa

June 7-9, 2024
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Kansas

June 1-2, 2024
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Kentucky

June 1-2, 2024
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Louisiana

June 8-9, 2024
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Maine

February 17-18, 2024 and June 1-2, 2024
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Maryland

June 1, June 8 and July 4, 2024
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Massachusetts     

June 1-2, 2024
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Michigan

Febuary 17-18 and June 8-9, 2024
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Minnesota

Residents can fish without a fishing license in most state parks year-round
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Mississippi

June 1-2, 2024
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Missouri

June 8-9, 2024
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Montana

June 15-16 (Father’s Day weekend every year)
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Nebraska

May 18, 2024
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Nevada

June 8, 2024
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New Hampshire

Saturday, January 20, 2024
Saturday, June 1, 2024
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New Jersey

June 1 and October 19, 2024
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New Mexico

June 1st and 2nd and September 28th and 29th
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New York

February 17-18, 2024 (President's Day Weekend)
June 29-30, 2024
September 28, 2024 (National Hunting and Fishing Day)
November 11, 2024 (Veterans Day)
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North Carolina

July 4 Independence Day
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North Dakota

June 1-2, 2024 and December 28-29, 2024
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Ohio

June 15-16, 2024
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Oklahoma

June 1-2, 2024 (a free paddlefish permit is still required)
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Oregon

February 17-18, June 1-2, and November 29-30, 2024
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Pennsylvania

May 26, 2024 and July 4, 2024
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Rhode Island

May 4-5, 2024
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South Carolina

Memorial Day, May 27, 2024 & July 4, 2024 (freshwater only)
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South Dakota

May 17-19, 2024
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Tennessee

June 8-16, 2024
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Texas

June 1, 2024
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Utah

June 8, 2024
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Vermont

January 27, 2024 and June 8, 2024
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Virginia

June 7–9, 2024
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Washington

"Free Fishing Weekend" is June 8-9, 2024
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West Virginia

June 8-9, 2024
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Wisconsin

June 1-2, 2024
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Wyoming

First Saturday in June. June 1, 2024
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