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Understanding Regulations and Requirements

Free Fishing Days

Go fishing with family and friends without buying a fishing license during Georgia's 2013 Free Fishing Days

June 6, 2015

June 13, 2015

September 26, 2015

June 7 & June 14 are to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

September 28 is National Hunting & Fishing Day (fourth Saturday in September of each year)

Free Fishing Days are declared by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources to: encourage people to try fishing and help celebrate fishing as wholesome and healthy recreation; promote respect for our state's natural resources, wilderness, and wildlife; and recognize anglers for their contribution of billions of dollars to the state's economy and financial support for programs to conserve and protect our natural resources.

What happens on a Free Fishing Day?

  • Georgia residents 16 years and older do not need a fishing license, trout license, or Wildlife Management Area license (if you fish at a Public Fishing Area or Waters Creek) to fish the freshwaters and saltwaters of Georgia.
  • This does not include fees at private ponds and lakes.
  • All other fishing regulations remain in effect.


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