Free Fishing Weekend

Proud father holding a freshly caught trout smiling broadly with his young daughter looking at the fish skeptically.
Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for anglers to introduce people to sportfishing.

June 10-11, 2023

"Free Fishing Weekend" is June 10-11, 2023, when fishing licenses are not required for anyone to fish for certain species in Washington. Free Fishing Weekend in Washington is always the first weekend after the first Monday in June.

Also NOT required on Free Fishing Weekend:

  • Vehicle Access Pass (which comes with a fishing license)
  • Discover Pass will not be required on WDFW, DNR, or Washington State Park lands on Free Fishing Weekend, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day on June 11 and Free Fishing Day on June 12.
  • Two-Pole Endorsement

Remember - all other rules still apply. While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, it's still important to check the regulations for other rules such as size limits, bag limits, catch record card requirements and area closures that will still be in effect. Additional information on fishing opportunities including areas and species open to angling without a license will be announced in spring 2023.

Catch record cards, required for some species, are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. Visit the license vendors page to locate a license dealer.

Please see the Fishing Regulation Pamphlet for all rules and restrictions.

Recreate Responsibly 

Recreate Responsibly to keep your trips outdoors safe and fun. Learn more at Looking for additional ways to enjoy Washington's great outdoors this summer? Visit our Life Outdoors web page.

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