No License? No Problem. Here’s When You Can Fish for Free in Each State

May 27, 2016
by Susan Shain
Free fishing days

Gone fishin’?

… Not if you don’t have a license.

Whether you’d like to try fishing for the first time, or are an experienced angler who wants to take a friend or family member out on the water, you’ll be happy to learn free fishing days will soon be upon us!

When Can You Fish for Free?

National Fishing and Boating Week is June 4-12.

And in conjunction, many states will host free fishing days.

On these days, you can go fishing on any public body of water — without having to purchase a license.

Here’s a state-by-state list for 2016, courtesy of Take Me Fishing:

free fishing days

Free fishing days for Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Dakota have already passed this year.

But, unless you live in one of those states, you basically have no excuse not to go and catch your dinner.

If you don’t have your own tackle, ask local outfitters about renting it — or go with an experienced fisher-friend.

You should also check your neighborhood newspaper or boating-supply store for fun events celebrating the week.

Or, just head to Walmart.

In partnership with several fishing organizations, the retailer is hosting more than 1,000 #ReelFun fishing events, where “people of all ages and skill levels can learn tips on fishing tackle and techniques firsthand from expert Fishing League Worldwide anglers.”

You can enter to win prizes, and will “receive a free digital subscription to FLW Bass Fishing magazine and a free protective fishing license holder just for stopping by.”

Just get out there — because, trust me, there’s nothing better than the feeling of yelling “Fish on!”

Your Turn: Will you take advantage of free fishing days in your state?  

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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