Free Fishing Days In New Hampshire

Try a New Pastime, Fish Without a License

Happy angler with a brook troutNew Hampshire offers two free fishing days each year, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends. Try a new pastime that can last a lifetime. If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, enjoy the fun year round. Licenses are available online or from any of 250 friendly local license agents statewide. Youth under age 16 do not need a license to fish in New Hampshire.


Free Fishing Days Are Offered On:

  • The first Saturday in June, and
  • The third Saturday in January.

Persons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.


Free Fishing Day Rules:

  • State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water - or saltwater - in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license.
  • Note that season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day.