National Fishing and Boating week is fast approaching. This year the event will take place during the week of June 3 - 11. During this week most states offer a free fishing day or weekend for residents and nonresidents alike. Meaning you can fish without a fishing license on any public water in that state. This is a great time for beginners or for parents who want to introduce their kids to the great sport of fishing.
National Fishing and Boating week is a national event that strives to highlight the importance of boating and fishing. These activities help support conservation efforts and keep our waters open and free for use to the public. Make sure you show your state legislators how important keeping our lands public and clean is by getting out and fishing on free fishing day(s) in your state!
I have provided a chart with dates for all 50 states. So grab that tackle box and let's go fishing!
Please be aware that states may have certain restrictions and regulations, so be sure to check your state fish and wildlife agency for any specific rules or regulations they may have in place.
Also, be sure to check out our what to bring fishing post, for all the basic essentials you will need.
|Arkansas||6/9/2017 - 6/11/2017|
|Colorado||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Washington D.C.||6/2/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Delaware||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Florida||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017(salt water)
6/10/2017 - 6/11/2017 (freshwater)
|Hawaii||365 days a year (marine)|
|Iowa||6/2/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Illinois||6/16/2017 - 6/19/2017|
|Indiana||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Kansas||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Kentucky||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Louisiana||6/10/2017 - 6/11/2017|
|Maine||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Massachusetts||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Michigan||6/10/2017 - 6/11/2017|
|Minnesota||6/9/2017 - 6/11/2017|
|Mississippi||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Montana||6/17/2017 - 6/18/2017|
|North Dakota||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|New York||6/24/2017 - 6/25/2017|
|Ohio||5/6/2017 - 5/7/2017|
|Oklahoma||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Oregon||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Rhode Island||5/6/2017 - 5/7/2017|
|South Carolina||5/29/2017, 7/4/2017|
|South Dakota||5/28/2017 - 5/30/2017|
|Virginia||6/2/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|Vermont||1/28/2017 (Free Ice Fishing)|
|Washington||6/10/2017 - 6/11/2017|
|Wisconsin||6/3/2017 - 6/4/2017|
|West Virginia||6/10/2017 - 6/11/2017|