Free Fishing Day Guide for 2018

Looking for a chance to go fishing, or take someone fishing without having to buy a fishing license? Here is a Free Fishing Day guide for 2018 listed by State. This is a perfect chance to take someone (or yourself) fishing, and they won’t need a fishing license on these days. If you are taking a kid fishing, chances are they don’t need a license anyway, depending on their age. Check your State’s rules for further information on age requirements, freshwater vs. saltwater fishing, catch and release fishing, fishing on private property, daily limits, and length limits.  Some States have special deals for seniors, disabled persons and veterans year round, so keep that in mind.



Most free fishing license days are open to state residents and non-residents. Enjoy the free fishing day opportunities your State has to offer without having to purchase a fishing license!

Looking for a fishing charter instead?  See our fishing charter directory.


Alabama – June 9


Arkansas – June 8-10


Arizona – June 2


California – July 7, Sept 1


Colorado – June 2-3


Connecticut – June 12, Aug 11


DC – June 2-10


Delaware – June 2-3


Florida – April 7-8, June 9 -10 (fresh water) ; June 9-10, Sept 1, Dec 1 (salt water)


Georgia – June 2, June 9, Sept 22


Hawaii – All year (marine)


Iowa – June 1-3


Idaho – June 9


Illinois – June 16-17


Indiana – April 21, May 19, June 2-3


Kansas – June 2-3


Kentucky – June 2-3


Louisiana – June 9-10


Maine – Feb 17-18


Maryland – June 2, June 9, July 4


Massachusetts – June 2-3 (fresh water) ; June 16-17 (salt water)


Michigan – Feb 17-18, June 9-10


Minnesota –  May 12-13 mom’s are free ; June 8-10 free if over 16 with kids under 16.


Missouri – June 9-10


Mississippi – June 2-3, July 4


Montana – June 16-17


North Carolina – July 4


North Dakota – June 2-3, Dec 29-30 (ice fishing)


Nebraska – July 4, May 26


New Hampshire – Jan 20, June 2


New Jersey – June 9


New Mexico – June 2


New York – Feb 17-18, June 23-24, Sept 22, Nov 11


Nevada – June 9


Ohio – May 5-6


Oklahoma – June 2-3


Oregon – Feb 17-18, June 2-3, Sept 1-2, Nov 23-24


Pennsylvania – May 27, July 4


Rhode Island – May 5-6 (fresh water only)


South Carolina – May 28


Tennessee – June 9


Texas – June 2


Utah – June 9


Virginia – June 1-3


Vermont – Jan 27, June 9


Washington – June 9-10


Wisconsin – June 2-3


West Virginia – June 9-10


Wyoming – June 2

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