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2013 Free Fishing Days: a State-by-State Listing

A lisiting of free fishing days in the United States.


Campers love to go fishing. There's not much better than fishing and camping, so why not go when there are no fees! This state-by-state index of free fishing days includes links to the state fish and wildlife agency. Please be sure to check with your local agency for regulations and additional information.

If you like the great outdoors and love when it's free, check out this listing ofNational Park Free Entrance Days.


Boy reeling in fish on boat, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
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June 8, 2013 is a free fishing day in Alabama.

There is an exemption of the usual fishing license requirement on that day. Some lakes may still require fees and permits, and owner’s permission is required to fish private ponds.


There are no listed free fishing days in Alaska. Check with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for information on fishing licenses and regulations.


Fishing education programs, which are free to the public, are available in Arizona on the following dates: January 25-27, February 2 and 9, March 16, and April 6, 2013. To fish without a license, you must register with an “Open to the Public” event.


June 7-9, 2013 is Free Fishing Weekend in Arkansas. (Noon, Friday, June 8, until midnight, Sunday, June 10.)

Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed. Kids’ Fishing Day at the Commission’s five fish hatcheries is Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


July 6, 2012 and September 10, 2013 are free fishing days in California.

While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.


You can fish in Colorado without a license only on the first full weekend of June, each year. All other rules and regulations apply. June 1-2, 2013 is the Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado this year!

Although no fishing license is required this weekend, all other regulations remain in effect. That means that limits on the number of fish that can be caught each day, known as a "bag limit," and restrictions on bait in certain waters will still be enforced.


No free fishing days have been announced in Connecticut. Check the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for updates or announcments.


The "Take a kid Fishing" events have been announced for 2013 in Delaware.

On these two days, anyone may fish the state’s waters without a fishing license. Although, even though anglers don’t need a license on those two days, if they intend to fish June 9 or 10, they are still be required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network (F.I.N.) number. A free F.I.N. number can be obtained online or by calling 1-800-432-9228.

Events are scheduled for:

  • April 14 at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, 8:30 a.m. (Sunday)
  • April 20 at the Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • April 27 at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, 10 a.m.
  • May 18 at Abbotts Mill Nature Center in Milford 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • June 8 at Wyoming Pond in Wyoming (time TBD) (Celebrating National Kids Fishing Month along with the Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section’s Annual Youth Fishing Tournament!)
  • June 15 at Wilmington State Parks/Brandywine Park (near the zoo - Father’s Day fishing event) 10 a.m.
  • July 13 at the Judge Morris Estate in Newark (time TBD)
  • August 18 at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, 8:30 a.m. (Sunday)


Free freshwater fishing days in Florida: April 6, 2013 and June 8, 2013. The free freshwater days are set in rule for the first Saturday in April and the second Saturday in June each year.

Free saltwater fishing days in Florida have not yet been announced.

Fishing license requirements are waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents) on free fishing days. All other rules apply.


June 1 and 8, 2013 and September 28, 2013 are free fishing days in Georgia.

Georgia residents 16 years and older do not need a fishing license, trout license, or Wildlife Management Area license (if you fish at a Public Fishing Area or Waters Creek) to fish the freshwaters and saltwaters of Georgia. All other fishing regulations remain in effect.

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