Go Fishing for Free (Even Without a License)

During National Fishing and Boating Week, you'll have the chance to go fishing for free, whether you have a license or not. Find out what free fishing days have in store in your area.

You usually need a license in order to go fishing, and having one type of license doesn’t necessarily allow you to fish wherever you want. Fortunately, this rule is lifted in most states during National Fishing and Boating Week. This is a great opportunity for first-timers to try their hand at fishing and see if they could become lifelong enthusiasts! Pick up your bait, check the forecast, and find out what kind of fun freebies your state has to offer.

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National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week aims to drum up enthusiasm about the hobby, sport, and pastime by letting people fish on public water without a license. In some cases, you may need to actually sign up for a free one-day license to take advantage of the opportunity. Each state recognizes the occasion differently and has different laws to apply with, so find out how to fish for free in your area.

What You Need to Fish

Anglers must come prepared, so know what you need to bring with you to make your first big catch! Here are some of the essentials you should have in your tackle box: 

  • Fishing Line
  • Hooks
  • Line Cutter
  • Lures
  • Bobbers and Sinkers
  • Bait and Plastic Worms

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