Free Fishing Days by State 2024, Fish Without a License

Free Fishing Days by State 2024, Fish Without a License

Free Fishing Days by State 2024, Fish Without a License

Hey fishing enthusiasts and beginners! Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. Or if you are already a seasoned fishing person, then here’s a day or days that you can leave your fishing license at home.

If you’re wondering when are your state’s free fishing days, then check out the whole list. We’ve included them alphabetically. For example, if you’re in Michigan and wonder when your state’s free fishing days are, scroll down to M and have a look. Not all states have free fishing days. However, many states such as California, Illinois, and Wisconsin have more than one day.

Of course, this is your chance to be outdoors and have a little fun and grab some fresh air! Bring someone fishing, and make a great day of it. If you and your children love fishing it’s a great time for a day trip to your favorite fishing hole.

Free Fishing Licenses for Veterans

In addition to free fishing days for everyone nationwide, there are also free and reduced fishing licenses for veterans!

Tackle Village has a list of Veteran’s Fishing License Discounts & freebies. Their findings in brief:

  • 30 out of 50 states offer free licenses or exemptions to having a license for veterans
  • 19 out of 50 states offer discounted licenses for veterans
  • Only 1 state (Massachusetts) has no publicly available veterans exemption or discount scheme

When are Free Fishing Days in my state?

These are free fishing days for each state.  Some states even offer free fishing weekends, where you can go fishing without a license! Check out the next free fishing day in your state!

A

Alabama

  • June 8, 2024

Alaska

  • Youth anglers -18  and people 60+ fish for free year-round.

Arizona

  • June 1, 2024

Arkansas

  • June 7-9. 2024

C

California

  • July 6 and August 31, 2024

Colorado

  • June 1-2, 2024

Connecticut

  • May 11, 2024
  • June 16, 2024
  • August 10, 2024

D

DC (Washington, D.C.)

  • June 3-11, 2024

Delaware

  • June 1-9, 2024

F

Florida

  • April 6-7, 2024, and June 8-9 for Freshwater Fishing
  • June 1-2, September 7, and November 30, 2024, for Saltwater  Fishing

Georgia

  • June 1, June 8, and September 28, 2024

H

Hawaii

  • 365 days a year (marine)

I

Idaho

  •  June 8, 2024

Illinois

  • June 14- June 17, 2024

Indiana

  • May 12, June 1-2 and September 28, 2024

Iowa

  • June 7-9, 2024

K

Kansas

  • June 1-2, 2024

Kentucky

  • 2024 date to be announced

L

Louisiana

  • June 8-9, 2024

M

Maine

  • February 17-18, 2024 and June 1-2, 2024

Maryland

  • June 1, June 8, and July 4, 2024

Massachusetts

  • June 1-2, 2024

Michigan

  • February 17-18 and June 8-9, 2024

Minnesota

Residents can fish for free in most Minnesota state parks. Minnesotans 15 years old or younger don’t need fishing licenses any time of the year.

 

Mississippi

  • June 1-2, 2024

Missouri

  • June 8-9, 2024

Montana

  • June 15-16 (Father’s Day weekend every year)

N

Nebraska

  • 2024 dates TBA

Nevada

  • June 8, 2024

New Hampshire

  • Saturday, January 20, 2024
    Saturday, June 1, 2024

New Jersey

  • June 1 and October 19, 2024

New Mexico

  • June 1 and October 19, 2024

New York

New York’s Free Fishing Days in 2024 are as follows:
  • February 17-18, 2024 (President’s Day Weekend)
  • June 29-30, 2024
  • September 28, 2024 (National Hunting and Fishing Day)
  • November 11, 2024 (Veterans Day)

North Carolina

  • Independence Day – July 4, 2024

North Dakota

  • June 1-2, 2024, December 28-29, 2024, June 7-8, 2025 and December 27-28, 2025

Ohio

  • June 15-16, 2024

Oklahoma

  • June 1-2, 2024 (a free paddlefish permit is still required)

Oregon

  • February 17-18, June 1-2, and November 29-30, 2024

P

Pennsylvania

  • May 26, 2024, and July 4, 2024

R

Rhode Island

  • May 4-5, 2024

S

South Carolina

  • Memorial Day May 27, 2024
  • July 4, 2024

South Dakota

  • May 17-19, 2024

T

Tennessee

  • June 8-16, 2024

Texas

  • June 1, 2024

U

Utah

  • June 8, 2024

V

Vermont

  • June 10, 2024

Virginia

  • June 7-9, 2024

W

Washington

  • “Free Fishing Weekend” is June 8-9, 2024

West Virginia

  • June 8-9, 2024

Wisconsin

  • June 1-2, 2024

Wyoming

  • June 1, 2024

 

What Is National Fishing and Boating Week?

During National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), all states offer free fishing days. 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 2024 activities in your state to see how your state celebrates this fun-for-all-ages event.

National Fishing and Boating Week is in the first full week of June — beginning on June 1 and ending on June 9 this year — and brings together all fishing and boating enthusiasts to learn about new spots and destinations to plan their next trip. In recent years, this week is used to raise awareness about sustainable fishing and keeping our recreational water spots clean. Spend this week learning about our great rivers and lakes and how we can protect them.

Source- Take Me Fishing

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