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News June 2-3 is Free Fishing Weekend!

No license is needed to fish in freshwater the first weekend in June
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for June 2-3 is Free Fishing Weekend!

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

free fishing weekend

Mark your calendars for this year’s Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend on June 2-3. 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 2 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday June 3. While you can fish for free on June 2-3, a license is required at all other times if you're 15 or older. If you're 15-17, your license is free. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. Learn more license purchases and fees.

More fishing opportunities

MassWildlife's Angler Education Program events are held across the state. There 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 2: Get Up and Get Outdoors Family Fishing Festival, Charlton
June 2: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls
June 3: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford
June 5: Family Fishing Clinic, Wakefield
June 6: Family Fishing Clinic, Canton
June 7: Family Fishing Clinic, Swansea
June 12: Adult “Learn to Fish”, Westborough
June 13: Family Fishing Clinic, Brewster
June 14: Family Fishing Clinic, Rochester
June 16: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham
June 16: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury
June 30: Jamaica Pond Family Fishing Festival, Jamaica Plain Boston

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 2-3 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.