National Fishing & Boating Week: June 3-11

This year, National Fishing and Boating Week takes place June 3-11. This week is a national celebration, an event highlighting the importance of recreational boating and fishing.

Free Fishing Days

This is one of the best parts about National Fishing and Boating Week. To encourage recreational boating and fishing, most states offer free fishing days during this time. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Find out about the free fishing days in your state.

Ways to Enjoy the Week

The best way to celebrate national Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! Here are some ideas:

  1. Find places to boat and fish near you: This map is a great source to  find the proper spots near you that fit your family’s needs.
  2. Take a trip: Visit one of the best family-friendly places to fish and boat in the US.
  3. Learn to fish: Watch instructional videos or take lessons.
  4. Go to an event: Events like fishing derbies, clinics, boat parades and family festivals are held in many states in celebration of this week.
  5. Teach a newbie how to fish: Become a mentor! Take someone new with you, a child, friend, relative, and teach them how to boat and fish.
  6. Share your boating and fishing photos and spread the word on social media.

Celebrate Conservation

A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation’s waterways through a program called Sport Fish Restoration Program. So by getting out and participating during National Fishing and Boating Week, you are helping to conserve and improve these wonderful, natural places.

For more information on National Boating and Fishing Week, visit

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