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2019 North America Sportshows
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.

This directory is a collaboration of TBC Press and Takemefishing.org

State Directory for FREE Fishing Days -- 2020




Submitted by:  TBC Press

National Fishing and Boating Week -- June 6-14th -- During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. 

Alabama -- Second Saturday in June. June 13

Arizona --  June 6 -  Part of National Fishing and Boating Week.  Kids younger than 10 can fish for free all year long in Arizona.

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

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

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 --  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 -- Free Fishing/Free Park Entry day. May 16

Nevada -- Second Saturday in June. Jun 13

New Hampshire -- Third Saturday in January -- 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 -- February 15-16 -- June 27-28, 2020 -- September 26, 2020 -- November 11 

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