Free Fishing Weekends in Oregon, Washington & Idaho

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Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon, Washington & Idaho!

If you’ve been wanting to do some fishing but don’t have a fishing license, then you’ll want to check out the FREE fishing weekend in Washington and Idaho coming up in June.   It’s a chance for you to fish for FREE  with no fishing license required! This also means that you can gather shellfish at any waters open for fishing, too.

Free Fishing Weekend in the Northwest

Free Fishing Weekends in the Northwest:


June 4th – 5th, 2022 (Saturday & Sunday)
Nov. 25-26,  2022 (Friday & Saturday), Thanksgiving Weekend


First weekend after the first Monday in June. June 11th – 12th, 2022 this year.

(This also means you do not need a vehicle access pass or Discover Pass on WDFW, DNR, or Washington State Park lands or the 2 pole endorsement)


Second Saturday every June. June 11th, 2022

A number of states offer FREE fishing days – see the complete list of free fishing days by state. Oregon residents and visitors can spend the full weekend to fish, crab and clam without a license. They have expanded their program to include other weekends during the year too, so be sure to check those out here.

Let us know if you have found any great spots for fishing – we’d love to hear your recommendations!

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  1. Hello Thrifty NW Mom. We respect what you are doing here as we all want to (and many times have to) save a dime as parents. Thanks for promoting our free fishing weekend for Washington. It is great to get kids out in nature — for health and wellness, and just for some thrifty fun. We appreciate you highlighting the opportunities.

    For more on the weekend, please see the news release too:

    and for those who want help deciding where to go fishing, please visit Fish Washington:

    1. Awesome!! We have been wanting to go out fishing, but not ready to buy a license for fishing all the time. Will give it a shot!

      1. Oh that’s great – it’s a good way to try out a new spot or have a fun fishing day without spending money on a license for sure! Hope you guys have a great time!

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