Texas’ Free Fishing Day is Saturday

Posted at 4:50 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 17:50:39-04

AUSTIN – Texas offers a Free Fishing Day on the first Saturday in June every year to help kick off National Fishing and Boating Week. On this day anglers can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.

To help celebrate Free Fishing Day, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and other organizations are hosting many free events around the state on Saturday, June 2, 2018, to provide fun high quality fishing opportunities to anglers of all skill levels and all ages.

Here are 10 fun ways families can celebrate Free Fishing Day in Texas:

The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! These are some of our ideas in how you can celebrate during this week:

  1. Find Places to Boat and Fish near you: Check our Places to Boat and Fish Map for boating and fishing spots that are near you and fits your family’s needs.
  2. Learn to Fish: Watch instructional videos and read tips from pros on how to cast, tie knots and make fishing rigs in our How to Fish section.
  3. Share your #FirstCatch photos: First of the day, first of the season or first of a lifetime. Follow @Take_Me_Fishing and share your #FirstCatch photos with TPWD.
  4. Attend an Event: Many states hold events such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades and family festivals during National Fishing and Boating Week. Check out our State Info section to find an event near you.
  5. Mentor or Teach Someone New to Fish: During National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, take someone new with you: a child, a relative, a friend.
  6. Share this National Celebration on Social Media: Join others in sharing the joys of boating and fishing by spreading the word through your social media channels.

Although June 2 is designated as Free Fishing Day in Texas, fishing is free year-round at every Texas State Park.

Learn more about Free Fishing Day and National Fishing and Boating Week June 2-10 at