During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer FREE fishing days! That’s right! Get the kids out and fish without having to purchase a fishing license. This is a great chance for beginners to try out fishing. If you already have a license, grab some friends and family who don’t and teach them the ropes!
My home state of Washington offers FREE FISHING DAYS on the second Saturday and Sunday in June. For 2019 this is June 8-9, 2019.
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.
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.
First Saturday and Sunday in April (freshwater)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mississippi – June 2-3 and Independence day July 4
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 and First Saturday in June. June 1.
New Jersey – Second Saturday in June 8. October 19.
New Mexico – First Saturday in June 1 and the last Saturday in September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day)
February 16-17, 201
June 29-30, 2019 and
September 28, 2019
November 11, 2019
Nevada – Second Saturday in June. June 8.
Ohio – First Saturday and Sunday in May. May 4-5.
Oklahoma – First Weekend in June. June 1-2.
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 and Independence Day. July 4.
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.
Vermont – Fourth Saturday in January and Second Saturday in June.
Washington – Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 8-9.
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.
For more information about fishing, registering your boat, or purchasing a fishing license, visit TAKEMEFISHING.org.