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 12-13, 2021

"Free Fishing Weekend" is June 12-13, 2021, 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:

  • Vehicle Access Pass (which comes with a fishing license)
  • Discover Pass will not be required on WDFW or Washington State Park lands throughout the weekend, but will be required on DNR lands both days.
  • 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.

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 
Anglers will need to continue following social distancing and mask guidelines as appropriate, and anglers should be prepared to change plans if their destination is closed or too congested.

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