Each calendar year, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources designates a “Free Fishing Day” for the public to fish recreationally in public waters without a fishing license.
“Free Fishing Day is offered to introduce non-anglers to the sport of fishing and to remind former anglers of the fun they’ve been missing,” said Stan Cook, Chief of Fisheries with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. “It’s a good time to pass on the tradition of a family fun day of fishing to
There is an exemption of the usual fishing license requirement on that day. Some lakes may still require fees and permits, and owner’s permission is required to fish private ponds.