Free Fishing This Weekend

From June 16-19, residents are able to fish in Illinois lakes and waterways without purchasing a fishing license, salmon or trout stamp. The free fishing weekend comes just in time for the Father’s Day holiday!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources created these free days to give anglers and those wanting to get into the sport the chance to learn new skills and try things out in coming days. It’s a great opportunity to discover the fun of fishing or introduce your kids to the outdoor adventure of fishing !

If you are new to fishing, here’s a guide to everything you need to get started. If you need fishing equipment, be sure to check out the Tackle Loaner Program sites.

If you have a group or organization that would like to host a Free Fishing Days Event, fill out the form here.

Happy fishing!