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Guide to Free Fishing Days in 2020

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Now that the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to go fishing! Here is your guide to free fishing days in 2020.

Free Fishing Days for 2020

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Free Fishing Days 2020

Each state will have its own requirements and days where it will offer free fishing. Some even offer a whole weekend for free. That means that you can fish without having a license.

It is good for the day with those grandkids who want to fish just once in their life and never again. Free fishing days are also a great time to test out fishing to see if it is the right hobby for you.

Even if you have a license, it is still a good opportunity to take other family members out on the water to experience fishing for the day.

Each State’s Free Days

Alabama Second Saturday in June. June 13
Arizona First Saturday in June. June 6
Arkansas Second Full weekend in June. June 12-14
California First Saturday in July. July 4th, September 5th
Colorado First weekend of June. June 6-7
Connecticut Free Fishing Day May 9th, Free 1 day license, June 21st, August 8th
DC TBD
Delaware First weekend of June. June 6-7
Florida First weekend in April (freshwater fishing days) April 4-5
Second Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater) June 13-14
First Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater) June 6-7
First Saturday in September (saltwater) Sept 5th
Saturday following Thanksgiving (saltwater) Nov 28th
Georgia Sep 26th
Hawaii 365 days a year (marine) 365 days a year
Idaho Second Saturday every June. June 13th
Illinois Father’s Day weekend in June. June 19-22
Indiana First Sunday in May May 3rd
First weekend in June. June 6-7
Sept 26th
Iowa First Friday, Saturday and Sunday that land in June. June 5-7
Kansas First weekend in June. June 6-7
Kentucky First full weekend in June. June 6-7
Louisiana Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 13-14
Maine Presidents Day Weekend, Feb 15-16
May 30-31
Maryland First two Saturdays in June. June 6th and 13th
4th of July
Massachusetts First Saturday & Sunday in June (Freshwater). June 6-7
Fathers Day weekend June (Saltwater) June 20-21
Michigan Feb 15 & 16
June 13 & 14
Minnesota MN Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16) Jan. 18 – 20, 2020
Take a Mom Fishing Weekend (Minnesota resident moms fish free) May 9-10, 2020
Take a Kid Fishing Weekend (Minnesota residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16) June 5-7, 2020
Mississippi June 6-7, July 4th
Missouri It is the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. June 6-7
Montana Father’s Day weekend June 20-21
Nebraska TBD
Nevada Second Saturday in June. Jun 13
New Hampshire Third Saturday in January. Jan 18
First Saturday in June. June 6
New Jersey June 6
October 17th
New Mexico First Saturday in June, June 6 last Saturday in September, Sept 26th
New York June 27-28, 2020
September 26, 2020
November 11
February 15-16
North Carolina Independence Day July 4th
North Dakota First weekend in June. June 6-7
Last weekend in Dec Dec 26-27
Ohio Father’s Day Weekend June 20-21
Oklahoma First Weekend in June. June 6-7
Oregon President’s Day Weekend Feb 15-16
First Weekend in June, June 6-7
August August 15-16
Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 27-28
Pennsylvania Sunday before Memorial Day May 24th
Independence Day July 4th
Rhode Island First Weekend in May. (Freshwater Fishing only) May 2-3
South Carolina Memorial Day, May 25th
Independence Day, July 4th
South Dakota Third weekend in May, May 15-17
Tennessee June 6-12
Texas First Saturday in June. June 6
Utah June 6th
Vermont Fourth Saturday in January , Jan 25th
Second Saturday in June, June 13
Virginia First full weekend in June. June 5-7
Washington first weekend after the first Monday in June. June 6-7
West Virginia Second Saturday and Sunday in June. June 13-14
Wisconsin Winter Free Fishing weekend – Third weekend in January, Jan 18-19
Summer Free Fishing weekend – First Saturday and Sunday in June, June 6-7
Wyoming First Saturday in June. June 6

National Days

During National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW) all states including Washington D.C. will have free fishing days. This year, this event will occur during June 6-14, 2020.

Be sure to check out your state’s free fishing days 2020 and enjoy some time in the water!

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