Free Fishing Days 2021 | Fish Without a License

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There is nothing better than free family fun!

Free Fishing Days are perfect for family bonding. Take the kiddos fishing or just try it out for yourself!

You can hop on over here to see which days are free in your state where you can fish on public property without a fishing license! Free fishing days start as early as April in some states so make sure to mark the days on your calendar now so you don’t miss out.

Some states even offer free fishing days during the winter so you can give ice fishing a try!

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Be sure to check your state’s fish and game website, as some states will even have free trailers set up during these special free fishing days with fishing rods and tackle you can use free of charge! In Texas, the state releases hundreds of catfish into select areas to help first time anglers catch their first fish! So fun!

Want to fish year round? It’s super simple to get a fishing license and a boat license if you’ll be on the water! Head here and see what type of license you need and where to get one. Some states even allow you to apply for your license online.

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Not familiar with local fishing spots? Head to the TakeMeFishing.org site where they list out popular fishing locations in each state. The map shows local boat ramps, bait shops, bodies of water and even has a spot where you can log what fish you’ve caught as well as see what other people are catching – so cool!

Note that you will also need to check your state’s COVID guidelines to see what public areas are open or may remain closed including State Parks, public launches and more. You can select your state to see COVID guidelines here.


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Comments 6

  1. Megan

    Thanks for the info. Does anyone have recommendations for fishing rods for a 3 and 5 year old?

    • Nicole

      I just get the disney ones from Walmart

      • Megan

        Thanks! I was thinking about purchasing them, but wasn’t sure!

    • Jacqueline D Harvey

      My daughter caught a 4 pound steelhead on her Tigger pole!

    • rocme2

      Zebco are pretty basic ones that my kids and I use. The spincast are super easy to use. They’re at Walmart for $10. We have a retention pond in our backyard and my kids catch bass and catfish out of it all the time. They literally just caught a bass a few mins ago 😂

  2. LuAnn Berg

    MN sucks! Albert Lea lakes smell so bad you don’t want to fish while they are dredging the lakes cause the fish get a real bad taste to them!

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