National Fishing and Boating Week 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.
Did you know that in order to fish, you must have a license or you will be fined? Well with Free Fishing Day Guide, they’re letting people fish for free or without a license from multiple different dates in June and other months depending on the state.
This is only available in specific states so be sure to check out if your area is valid.
Fishing is a great fun time to try out something new if it’s your first time. Gather your friends and family and create a fishing gathering. Big thanks to Takemefishing.org for creating this helpful guide for a fun week ahead of us!
State’s Free Fishing Days 2020
|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|
|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
|Hawaii||365 Days a year (marine)|
|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
|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
|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||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||Free Fishing/Free Park Entry day. May 16|
|Nevada||Second Saturday in June. June 13th|
|New Hampshire||Third Saturday in January. Jan 18
First Saturday in June. June 6
|New Jersey||June 6
|New Mexico||First Saturday in June, June 6 last Saturday in September, Sept 26th|
|New York||June 27-28, 2020
September 26, 2020
|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
|South Dakota||Third weekend in May, May 15-17|
|Texas||First Saturday in June. June 6|
|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|
Why You Should Participate
Fishing and boating are a good, stress-relieving activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends anytime! Make sure to check out the Free Fishing Days 2020 activities in your state to see how your state celebrates this fun-for-all-ages event!
- Connect with your Family: Family fishing is a great way for family members of all ages to connect and have fun.
- De-stress: Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities.
- Help Conserve: The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.
(Visit the link above to learn more about Free Fishing Days in your state)
If you didn’t know, National Fishing and Boating Week is happening soon and we have a special guide for you. National fishing and boating week is a celebration of fishing and boating, an event that only comes once a year. Check out the Free Fishing Day Guide that contains a handy list of states that are available to participate.
You can now fish for free without a license! This is only valid mainly for days in June and potentially other months if it is eligible for valid states! If you like freebies check out our lists of Birthday Freebies and Free Gym Passes, here on HMB.