Free Fishing Days 2019

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.

State's Free Fishing Days 2019

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

Second Saturday in June. June 8.

Arkansas

Second full weekend in June. Free Fishing Weekend begins at noon on June 7 and ends at midnight on June 9.

Arizona

First Saturday in June. June 1.

California

First Saturday in July. Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, August 31

Colorado

First full weekend of June. June 1-2.

 
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Connecticut

May 11. CT offers 2 free fishing license days Sunday June 16 and Saturday Aug 10 (must get the free one day license)

DC

First full week of June. From Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 9.

Delaware

First full weekend of June. June 1-2.

Florida

First weekend in April. April 6-7 (freshwater fishing days)
Second Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater)
First Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater)
First Saturday in September (saltwater)
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater)

Georgia

June 1, June 8, September 28, 2019

 
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Hawaii

365 days a year (marine)

Iowa

First Friday, Saturday and Sunday that land in June: June 7-9, 2019.

Idaho

Second Saturday every June. June 8.

Illinois

Father's Day weekend in June. June 15-16.

Indiana

April 20, May 18, and June 1-2.

 
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Kansas

First full weekend in June. June 1-2.

Kentucky

First full weekend in June. June 1-2.

Louisiana

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 8-9

Maine

Free Fishing Weekends in Maine are February 16-17, 2019 and June 1-2, 2019.

Maryland

June 1, June 8, and July 4 Independence Day.

 
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Massachusetts

First Saturday & Sunday in June (Freshwater). Fathers Day weekend June 15-16 (Saltwater)                      

Michigan

Feb 16-17 and Second weekend in June 8-9. 

Minnesota

MN Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend
Jan 19-21, 2019 MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend—May 11-12, 2019
Minnesota resident moms fish free.

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend—June 7-9, 2019
Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.

Missouri

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 8-9.

 
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Mississippi

June 1 and 2.

Montana

Father's Day weekend. June 15-16.

North Carolina

July 4 Independence Day

North Dakota

First weekend in June June 1-2. Last weekend in Dec. Dec 28-29 (free ice fishing days)

Nebraska

Free Fishing/Free Park Entry day on Saturday, May 18.

New Hampshire

Third Saturday in January. Jan 19.
First Saturday in June. June 1.

 
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New Jersey

Second Saturday in June 8. October 19.

New Mexico

First Saturday in June 1 and the last Saturday in September 28 (National Hungting and Fishing Day)

New York

June 29-30, 2019
September 28, 2019
November 11, 2019 
February 15-16, 2020                                                              

Nevada

Second Saturday in June. June 8. 

Ohio

First Saturday and Sunday in May. May 4-5.

 
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Oklahoma

First Weekend in June. June 1-2.

Oregon

Feb. 16-17 (Saturday & Sunday), President’s Day Weekend
June 1-2 (Saturday & Sunday)
Aug. 17-18 (Saturday & Sunday)
Nov. 29-30 (Friday & Saturday), Thanksgiving Weekend

Pennsylvania

May 26, and July 4 Independence Day

Rhode Island

First Weekend in May. May 4-5 (Freshwater Fishing only)

South Carolina

Memorial Day. May 27.
Independence Day. July 4.

 
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South Dakota

Typically the third weekend in May. May 18-19.

Tennessee

The first Saturday after the first Monday of the month. June 8.

Texas

First Saturday in June. June 1.

Utah

Second Saturday in June. June 8.

Virginia

Second full weekend in June. June 7, 8 and 9.

 
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Vermont

Fourth Saturday in January and Second Saturday in June.

Washington

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 8-9.

Wisconsin

Winter Free Fishing weekend - Third weekend in January (Jan 19-20). Summer Free Fishing weekend - First Saturday and Sunday in June (June 1-2).                         

West Virginia

Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 8-9.

Wyoming

First Saturday in June. June 1.

 
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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 2019 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 1-9, 2019. Learn more about National Fishing and Boating Week.