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April 29, 2011

Free Fishing Days: Do You Cash In?

By Joe Cermele

I was checking out Google News for the latest goings-on in the fishing world and noticed articles citing that many states have their free fishing days scheduled within the next few weeks. Most states offer free fishing days here and there throughout the spring and summer, inviting the public to come cast a line without needing a license. Sometimes only certain bodies of water have free fishing days, but regardless of how a state operates their program, it's a great opportunity for anglers. Question is, have you ever cashed in on a free fishing day?

I almost hate to admit it, but I have not. Every year I tell myself I'll either invite a non-angler to fish locally or try to coordinate a trip out of state during free days. It just seems that they slip by and I forget, or can't make my schedule jive with them. So I'm making the commitment here, publicly, to utilize these days this year. No excuses. It's too good of an opportunity to turn someone onto the sport.

I'm curious as to whether any of you have ever used a free day, either to take the kids out or try a piece of water across state lines. If you haven't and want to find out when your state or neighboring states offer free days, click here for a PDF from Takemefishing.org listing all the dates across the country

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I have never cashed in on it, I always make note of it and stay away from publicized water and get remote. I do recommend them to folks though. This year I've got two fledglings who have not got licenses or time to fish alot, I plan on cashing in this year and trying to get them hooked.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Ive taken a few girl friends fishing on those days to try and and get them interested. Its a great indicator of how the rest of the relationship might go haha.....

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from John Pollard wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I never considered the trivial cost of a fishing license a barrier to fishing anywhere, so I've never even thought about the free days...

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I haven't used the free fishing days but here in MD we have a few free fishing areas. I have used those when taking people out who don't usually fish and in the rare instances I haven't gotten my license yet.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I've always had a license so I haven't used free fishing day. But I have introduced my wife's parents to fishing. My father in law is probably my tried and true fishing buddy.

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from rdorman wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

how i got my wife started...

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I usually fish in neighborhood ponds. When I went fishing today there was like 30 bluegill in one area.

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from db270 wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I haven't cashed in mostly because I don't know anyone that would take me up on a fishing trip that doesn't already buy their annual license... I think they're great programs, though, and will jump on the chance if it ever arises.

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from nwild wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

It's a great time to bring nontroutstampers into the fold too.

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from Hornd wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Out of state it would be nice, but in state I don't let the $19 (or 4 gallons gas) get in the way of when I get out.

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from tkbone wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Opposite of rdorman - took my wife trout fishing a couple years ago on a "free" day and she caught her first trout. But then she fell on a slippery rock and broke 3 fingers and hasn't been back in a trout stream again!

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from rdorman wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

ouch that sucks tkbone...

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from Jacee wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Sure have! Wyoming Game and Fish has free fishing and a program to give away free poles to kids on the same day. We can also go to the lake for free which is greatBut I am like others here, I won't let a good day of fishing get by me!

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from rdorman wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

how i got my wife started...

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from Koldkut wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I have never cashed in on it, I always make note of it and stay away from publicized water and get remote. I do recommend them to folks though. This year I've got two fledglings who have not got licenses or time to fish alot, I plan on cashing in this year and trying to get them hooked.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Ive taken a few girl friends fishing on those days to try and and get them interested. Its a great indicator of how the rest of the relationship might go haha.....

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from John Pollard wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I never considered the trivial cost of a fishing license a barrier to fishing anywhere, so I've never even thought about the free days...

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I haven't used the free fishing days but here in MD we have a few free fishing areas. I have used those when taking people out who don't usually fish and in the rare instances I haven't gotten my license yet.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I've always had a license so I haven't used free fishing day. But I have introduced my wife's parents to fishing. My father in law is probably my tried and true fishing buddy.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bass bomber wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I usually fish in neighborhood ponds. When I went fishing today there was like 30 bluegill in one area.

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from db270 wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I haven't cashed in mostly because I don't know anyone that would take me up on a fishing trip that doesn't already buy their annual license... I think they're great programs, though, and will jump on the chance if it ever arises.

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from nwild wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

It's a great time to bring nontroutstampers into the fold too.

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from Hornd wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Out of state it would be nice, but in state I don't let the $19 (or 4 gallons gas) get in the way of when I get out.

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from tkbone wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Opposite of rdorman - took my wife trout fishing a couple years ago on a "free" day and she caught her first trout. But then she fell on a slippery rock and broke 3 fingers and hasn't been back in a trout stream again!

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from rdorman wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

ouch that sucks tkbone...

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from Jacee wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Sure have! Wyoming Game and Fish has free fishing and a program to give away free poles to kids on the same day. We can also go to the lake for free which is greatBut I am like others here, I won't let a good day of fishing get by me!

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