Enjoy FREE Fishing Weekend for 2020!  June 6 – 7th – No fishing license is required in the state for all ages.

Every year Kentucky offers free fishing days the first weekend in June (June 6-7, 2020). On free fishing days no license (including the Kentucky trout permit) is required of residents or non-residents to fish any Kentucky waters. All other fishing regulations remain in effect. Free fishing days are offered to promote fishing and National Fishing Week.

“Free fishing weekend is a great tool for teaching kids how to fish,” said John Gutzeit, aquatic education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “This is also a great time for those lapsed anglers who’ve gotten away from fishing to get fishing again and come back into the fold.”

Anglers across Kentucky may fish without a fishing license or need a trout permit on Free Fishing Weekend. Size and creel limits still apply during this time.

*No Fishing License or Trout Permit required
*Residents + Nonresidents
*Statewide, public + private waters (landowner permission still required on private property)
*Daily catch, fish size & other limits still apply

-Fishing Regulations: https://go.usa.gov/xmsG5
-Places to Go: https://go.usa.gov/xmsGS

Special Events

Many events are not being held this year due to COVID-19 Precautions.


  • Kindra O'Neal , June 4, 2015

    I think this is wonderful, it is so sad that our community isn’t participating. It would be a great opportunity for the children and families.

  • betsyh2os , June 4, 2015

    You can enjoy fishing anywhere in KY this weekend for free – there are just a limited number of special events going on.

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