Woman angler wading into river with net holding cutthroat trout.
Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for anglers to introduce people to sportfishing.

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"Free Fishing Weekend" is June 9-10, 2018, when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish 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:

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.

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.

2018-2019 Fishing in Washington Rules Pamphlet Cover
2018-2019 Sport Fishing
Regulation Pamphlet
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