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Free Fishing Days—Try it, You’ll Be Hooked!

Free Fishing Days in Virginia are June 7–9, 2024

Whether its stripers on the coast, trout in the mountains, or anything in between. It is time to experience the fun of fishing in Virginia!

Make plans to take advantage of Free Fishing Days on June 7–9, 2024! Invite a family member or friend to get out and wet a line without having to purchase a fishing license.

Looking for a place to fish near you?

There are countless opportunities right in your backyard!

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No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational rod and reel fishing during free fishing days. Also during that time facilities use permits will also not be required. To increase angling opportunities, DWR has removed the restriction to fishing designated stocked trout waters for free fishing weekend. This will open over 2,900 miles of trout streams, in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs. Virginia’s diversified trout habitat offers a wide range of trout fishing prospects. All fishing regulations including size, season, catch limits, and gear restrictions will remain in effect.

DWR fee fishing areas still require a fee for Free Fishing Days weekend.

Need some information on how to get started fishing?

Check out the videos below.