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News June 1-2 is Free Fishing Weekend!

No license is needed to fish in fresh water the first weekend in June!
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Media Contact for June 1-2 is Free Fishing Weekend!

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

free fishing weekend

Mark your calendars for this year’s Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend on June 1 and 2. Take a friend or family member fishing—you won't need a fishing license to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12 a.m. Saturday June 1 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday June 2.

While you can fish for free on June 1–2, a license is required at all other times if you're 15 or older. If you're 15–17 or 70 and older, your license is free. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. Buy your fishing license here.

For saltwater anglers, Free Saltwater Fishing Weekend is June 15–16. 

More fishing opportunities

MassWildlife's Angler Education events are held across the state. The events are for adults, kids, and families who want to learn how to fish in a non-competitive environment. Fishing equipment and bait are available to use at most events, and no fishing license is required to participate. Most events are also free to attend. Find an event near you:

June 1: Nuttings Lake Family Fishing Festival, Billerica 
June 1: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson
June 1: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls
June 4: Family Fishing Clinic, Wakefield
June 8: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham 
June 9: Groton Greenway Riverfest, Groton
June 12: Family Fishing Clinic, Holden
June 13: Family Fishing Clinic, Canton
June 16: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers
June 20: Adult “Learn to Fish”, Westborough
June 22: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury 
June 22: Jamaica Pond Family Fishing Derby, Boston 
June 25: Family Fishing Clinic, Milton
June 27: Family Fishing Clinic, Swansea
July 11: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoughton 
July 13: Family Fishing Clinic, Sunderland
July 17: Family Fishing Clinic, Billerica
July 20: Family Fishing Clinic, Dorchester 
July 20: Houghtons Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton
July 21:  Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival,  Somerset 
July 23: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoneham
July 24: Family Fishing Clinic, Westborough
July 26: Family Fishing Clinic, Worcester
July 31: Family Fishing Clinic, Mashpee

To get more information about a fishing event that interests you, go to the Angler Education Calendar. Don’t forget to share your fishing photos with us on Facebook and see what other Massachusetts anglers are catching!

Media Contact for June 1-2 is Free Fishing Weekend!

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.