National Fishing & Boating Week 2024 Celebration: Free Fishing Days, Trip Needs, and Boat WIFI

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National Fishing & Boating Week History

The United States is a country of beautiful geology that is full of vast lakes, winding rivers, and trickling creeks. For thousands of years Native Americans relied on these waterways for fishing, and hundreds of years later we fish for leisure on the same land. This line of thought highlights the uniquely beautiful and historically rich pastime of fishing which has been enjoyed by countless generations across nearly every nation and culture. That’s why in 2002 former President George W. Bush proclaimed June 2nd - 8th to be National Fishing and Boating Week, an official U.S. holiday. The upcoming first week of June is the prime opportunity for seasoned anglers, and first timers alike, to celebrate and learn about one of history's most ubiquitous practices. With free fishing days (no fishing license required) popping up in nearly every state over the month of June and beyond there is no better time to get out on the water with friends and family!

When is Free Fishing Day In Your State?

Please Remember that each state has different regulations and requirements regarding their free fishing days. Major circumstances will be noted below, though make sure to contact your local wildlife department to inquire about free fishing day stipulations.

Alabama: June 8, 2024

Note that, “State Public Fishing Lakes still require a fishing permit on Free Fishing Day, and fishing in a private pond requires the pond owner’s permission. Some piers may also require fees and permits.”, according to Outdoor Alabama.

Alaska: No free fishing day. Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Arizona: June 1, 2024 Arizona Game and Fish

Arkansas: June 7 - 9, 2024 Arizona Game and Fish Commission

California: July 6, 2024 and August 31, 2024 California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Colorado: June 1 - 2, 2024 Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Connecticut: Free LICENSE day June 16, 2024 and August 10, 2024 Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Note that these are free license days, not free fishing days. You may fish for free but you still have to obtain a free one day license from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection which can be found here. So plan ahead!

Delaware: June 1 - 2, 2024 Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Note that, “Anglers age 16 and older must still obtain a free FIN number to participate in the free fishing days.”, according to eRegulations. FIN numbers can be obtained here.

Florida: June 8 - 9, 2024 (Freshwater Fishing Only ) and September 7, 2024/ November 30, 2024 (Saltwater Fishing Only) Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Georgia: June 1 and 8, 2024 as well as September 28, 2024 Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Hawaii: The State of Hawaii actually doesn’t require a fishing license to fish! So long as you don’t sell your catch. Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources

Idaho: June 8, 2024 Idaho Fish and Game

Illinois: June 14 - 17, 2024 Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Indiana: June 1 - 2, 2024 and September 28, 2024 Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Iowa: June 7 - 9, 2024 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Kansas: June 1 - 2, 2024 Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks

Kentucky: June 1 -2, 2024 Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Even residents from other states can take advantage of this date!

Louisiana: June 8 - 9, 2024 Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries

Maine: June 1 -2, 2024 Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Maryland: June 1 and 8, 2024 as well as July 4, 2024 Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Massachusetts: June 1 - 2, 2024 Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Michigan: June 8 - 9, 2024 Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota: Although Minnesota doesn't have a free fishing day, residents can fish in most state parks year-round. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Mississippi: June 1 - 2, 2024  Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks

Missouri: June 8 - 9, 2024 Missouri Department of Conservation

Note that county and city mandated permits may still apply so check with your residential government about restrictions.

Montana: June 15 - 16, 2024 Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks

Nebraska: May 18, 2024 Nebraska Game & Parks

In Nebraska this date also permits free state park entry!

Nevada: June 8, 2024 Nevada Department of Wildlife

New Hampshire: June 1, 2024 New Hampshire Fish & Game Department

New Jersey: June 1, 2024 and October 19, 2024 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

New Mexico: Dates Not Announced

New York: June 29 - 30, 2024, September 28, 2024, and November 11, 2024 (All Freshwater Only) New York State Website

North Carolina: July 4, 2024 North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

North Dakota: June 1 - 2, 2024 North Dakota Game & Fish

Ohio: June 15 - 16, 2024 Ohio Fishing Regulations 2024

Oklahoma: June 1 - 2, 2024 Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Oregon: June 1 - 2, 2024 and November 29 - 30, 2024 Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 

Pennsylvania: July 4, 2024 Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission 

Rhode Island: May 4 - 5, 2024 (Freshwater Only, Saltwater days have not been announced)

Rhode Island State Parks

South Carolina: July 4, 2024 Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

South Dakota: Dates already passed

Tennessee: June 8, 2024 Tennessee State Parks

Texas: June 1, 2024 Texas Parks & Wildlife

Utah: June 8, 2024 Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Fishing Guidebook 2024 

Vermont: June 8, 2024 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Virginia: June 7 - 9, 2024 Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Washington: June 8 - 9, 2024 Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

West Virginia: June 8 - 9, 2024 West Virginia Department of Natural Resources 

Wisconsin: June 1 - 2, 2024 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wyoming: June 1, 2024 Wyoming Game & Fish Department

What Do You Need For National Fishing Week?

Basic Needs: If you’re a first time angler and you don’t have a buddy to show you the ropes, fishing can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! To start, check in with your local fishing shops as many of them offer rod rentals so you don’t have to break the bank! The fishing community is very communal in nature so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask about the fish in the area you intend to fish and learn about what bait and hook size you might need. You will also need to learn about the conditions of release in your local area.

Ruler & Needle Nose Pliers: Regardless of the release conditions it is likely you will catch a fish that you cannot keep. Most states and areas have size and species restrictions so you will need a tool to measure your catch, as well as a pair of needle nose pliers to ensure a safe and harm reductive manner of hook removal.

Cooler: You will need a cooler or other container to keep your catches in. A cooler works best as you can fill it with ice or water. This is important as you want to keep the fish cooled or alive from the time you catch it to the time you are able to store it in a fridge or freezer.

Shoes: You will want a pair of shoes you can get wet and dirty!

Snacks: Be sure to bring out some snacks and drinks as you might be at the water for an extended period of time.

Chair: Although it is not necessary, a chair can make your experience much more enjoyable. Standing the entire time can get tiring and you might be out there for a while. It’s called “fishing”, not “catching” for a reason!

Speaker: Fishing can be a quiet relaxing venture and an opportunity to take in the sounds of nature. Though, after a few hours you might want to get your favorite music going!

OTR Mobile Titan: Whether you’re at the river, or out on the boat, the OTR Titan is the ultimate mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that will cover all of your marine internet needs! Even out in the boonies the Titan will connect you to the strongest local network to ensure that you have the best possible boat internet wherever you go. You can use it to keep the tunes bumping or keep the kids entertained! Boasting 16 - 24 hours of rechargeable battery life the Titan will get you through the whole day. It also supports up to 10 devices at once so you can keep the whole team connected while you stay On The Reel! For all those interested in boat wifi, for a limited time during national fishing and boating week use code “FishFest” for $50 off a Titan mobile purchase! 

OTR Fishing Competition (On The Reel FishFest)

Here at OTR Mobile we like to work hard, but we like to play even harder; and what better way to unwind after a long week than hitting your favorite fishing spot with friends and family. That’s why we're so excited to announce our competition for the 2024 National Fishing and Boating Week! Whether you're swinging flies in your local creek or casting off at the lake, you have the chance to win big at OTR Mobile with your catch! To enter for the chance to win $100, simply take and post a photo of your largest catch next to a Titan Mobile and at us! Whoever has the largest catch by Friday, June 7th, will be awarded the prize money alongside a featured spot in our newsletter!


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