Free Fishing Weekend: June 8-9, 2024

For one weekend, anglers across the state can fish for many species without a license. This year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) annual Free Fishing Weekend event will take place June 8-9, 2024.

Some of the fishing opportunities available throughout Washington on Free Fishing Weekend include:

Any fish requiring a catch record card (including sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, and halibut) and all shellfish will still require a license on Free Fishing Weekend.

All other species open for harvest can be harvested without a license.

Other rules such as seasons, size limits, daily limits, and area closures are still in effect. 

Anglers should check the current fishing regulations before hitting the water, as well as any current emergency rules. There are many ways to check fishing regulations, both on the WDFW website, in the newly upgraded Fish Washington mobile app, and in the printed Fish Washington booklet available wherever licenses are sold.

“Fish and Wildlife police remind you that failure to follow the regulations may result in a citation,” said Kirt Hughes, WDFW fish management division director. “Knowing the rules before heading out will make for a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.”

Other requirements also waived during Free Fishing Weekend include:

  • Vehicle Access Pass (which comes with most fishing licenses).
  • Discover Pass when parking on WDFW, DNR, or Washington State Park lands.
  • Two-Pole Endorsement (where applicable).