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Celebrate time on the water during National Fishing and Boating Week
Free fishing days June 3 and June 10
man with catfish
Large catfish like this one might be caught in the Oconee River. (Submitted photo.)

Special to the Herald

SOCIAL CIRCLE– If offered a chance to go boating or fishing, most people will instantly say “yes!” Let the celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week (June 3-11), which includes two free fishing days, give you a reason to extend that invite, says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

“Boating and fishing are both great activities, and offer tremendous bonus benefits for everyone who participates,” said Scott Robinson, Chief of the WRD Fisheries Management Section. “When you are out on the water, boating and fishing helps you make stronger connections with family and friends; it provides an opportunity for stress relief; and it means you are actively supporting conservation efforts with the purchase of fishing equipment and boating fuel.”

National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden the spirit of togetherness and to share the values and knowledge of today’s anglers with tomorrow’s anglers. 




Introduce family members or friends to the sport of angling. Georgia offers two free fishing days -- June 3 and June 10 -- On these days Georgia residents do not need a fishing license, trout license or Lands Pass (WMAs/PFAs) to fish.

There are so many great places to fish in Georgia, from trout streams in North Georgia, to large reservoirs, to lazy rivers in the south part of the state. You can always start at one of the 11 Public Fishing Areas ( or at one of many Georgia State Parks ( that offer fishing opportunities for family and friends. There also will be multiple Kids Fishing Events during the week-long celebration (

If you can’t get outdoors, you can still celebrate indoors. Let the kids go to the Angler Academy. At this website, developed by, you will find links to “fishy” crafts, games, informative videos and puzzles. Check it out at

“In the spirit of National Fishing and Boating Week, be sure to make it a mission to take someone new when you go, such as a child, a relative or a friend. You could be the person that inspires another person’s life-long love of the water,” says Robinson.  

For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week, including free fishing days, nearest kids fishing event, or places to fish, visit