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No license is needed to fish in fresh water the first weekend in June!
5/26/2020
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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Marion Larson, MassWildlife

free fishing weekend

Mark your calendars for this year’s Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend on June 6 and 7! No license is required to fish any public lake, pond, reservoir, stream, or river in Massachusetts from 12 a.m. Saturday, June 6 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 7.  

  • Other than Free Fishing Weekend, you need a license to fish in fresh water if you are 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. 
  • All other regulations, including catch limits, apply during Free Fishing Weekend. Before heading out on the water, make sure you know the rules. Review fishing regulations
  • For saltwater anglers, Free Saltwater Fishing Weekend is June 20–21.

Recreate responsibly

If you're eager to get outside, fishing is a great way to relax and get some fresh air! Spending time outdoors can improve your physical and mental health during this difficult time. Fishing remains open across Massachusetts and anglers are reminded to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others and wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid congregating in parking areas, on boat ramps, or along the shore.
  • Find a fishing spot close to home. Avoid crowded areas and have a back-up plan if your usual spot is crowded.
  • Don't share a boat unless it is large enough to allow for social distancing.

Where to fish

Use our fishing map to find places to fish near you! You can also explore trout stocked waters or handicapped accessible fishing sites

Sharpen your skills

It's easy to learn to fish. All you need to get started is some simple gear and a little practice! Read fishing tips and watch tutorial videos.

Media Contact for June 6-7 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.
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