Enjoy the Great Outdoors with FREE Fishing Days

Fishing is a way of life where I live in Sussex County, NJ. Families love taking advantage of gorgeous Lake Hopatcong during every season to spend the day fishing. Whether it’s from a dock, a boat or a bridge, families love casting their line and waiting for the perfect catch. In my post listing the benefits of fishing I shared how this sport is not only fun but it also enhances important skills like patience, motor planning and coordination. It also helps develop an appreciation of nature as well as promote family bonding.

For those that don’t know, a fishing license is needed to enjoy a day full of fishing adventures.  Adults (often ages 16 and up) need to apply for a fishing license in order to enjoy this classic past time. Each state has different requirements so it is important to research your state as well as the state you wish to visit. I found a great list on Kidcasters.com that may be helpful when planning your adventure.

Fishing with Dad

Not sure if fishing is for you? Then try it out first on a FREE fishing day! That’s right! Several days throughout the year individuals of all ages can fish without needing a license. This allows those who are new to the sport to see what the hype is all about. It’s also a great time to travel to other states to checkout their fishing adventures. You can plan a fishing weekend around a free fishing day without having to worry about registering in another state.

At first, I was just going to share the PA and NJ dates but since I am such a big believer in traveling and exploring the country, I decided to research ALL the free fishing days in the United States. No need to google anything because all the dates are right here! For more information you can also visit Takemefishing.org.

FREE Fishing Days in the United States

Alabama: June 10

Arkansas: June 9 – 11

Arizona: June 3

California: July 1 and September 2

Colorado: June 3 – 4

Connecticut: May 13

Delaware: June 3 -4

Florida: Freshwater – June 10 – 11; Saltwater – June 3 – 4, September 2 and November 25

The Fishing Hole at Port Orleans is a fun way to spend the day at Disney World.

The Fishing Hole at Port Orleans is a fun way to spend the day at Disney World.

Georgia: June 3 and 10; September 23


Iowa: June 2 – 4

Idaho: June 10

Illinois: June 16 – 19

Indiana: April 15, May 20 and June 3 – 4

Kansas: June 3 – 4

Kentucky: June 3 – 4

Louisiana: June 10 – 11

While fishing, children must learn to be patient and not give up quickly!

Maine: June 3 – 4

Maryland: June 3, June 10 and July 4

Massachusetts: June 3 – 4

Michigan: June 10 – 11

Minnesota: May 13 – 14, June 9 – 11 and January 13 – 15, 2018

Missouri: May 6

Mississippi: June 3 – 4 and July 4

Kids have to learn how to carefully balance themselves while fishing!

Montana: June 17 – 18

North Carolina: July 4

North Dakota: June 3 – 4 and December 30 – 31

Nebraska: May 20

New Hampshire: June 17 and January 20, 2018

New Jersey: June 10 and October 21

Caught a fish

New Mexico: June 4 and September 24

New York: June 24 – 25 and November 11

Nevada: June 10

Ohio: May 6 – 7

Oklahoma: June 3 – 4

Oregon: June 3 – 4

Pennsylvania: May 28 and July 4

Fishing at Hersheypark Camping Resort

Rhode Island: May 6 – 7

South Carolina: May 29 and July 4

South Dakota: May 28 – 30

Tennessee: June 10

Texas: June 3

Utah: June 10

Fishing is wonderful way for parents to bond with their kids!

Fishing is wonderful way for parents to bond with their kids!

Virginia: June 2 – 4

Vermont: Ice Fishing – January 28

Washington: June 10 – 11

Washington D.C.: June 2 – 4

West Virginia: June 10 – 11

Wyoming: June 3

It is also important to note that National Fishing and Boating Week is June 3 -11 so check with your local fishing organizations for events and programs!

Happy fishing!

You may also enjoy:

Benefits of Fishing

Ways to Have Fun Outdoors This Spring

Summer Fun

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