2020 FREE Fishing Days (Fish Without a License)


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    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

    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

    FIND PLACES TO BOAT AND FISH - VIEW MAP

    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

    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

    FIND PLACES TO BOAT AND FISH - VIEW MAP

    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

    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.


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