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Most states allow residents to fish for free -- no license needed -- during upcoming National Fishing and Boating Week. Learn where you can get in on the fun in your area.

You know what they say: A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. That’s an especially true statement when you can go fishing for free – no license required.

In conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), most states offer free fishing days, when anglers get the green light to fish on any public body of water without having to purchase a fishing license first.

If you haven’t fished before but you’ve always wanted to try it, here’s a unique opportunity to try your hand at reeling in a big one.

Free fishing days “lets everyone ‘test the waters’ to see if they enjoy the sport of fishing,” Ken Cunningham, assistant chief for the Wildlife Department of the Oklahoma Fisheries Division, told the Tahlequah Daily Press. “We would urge everyone to get out and wet a line. Chances are they are really going to enjoy it.”

Although anglers don’t need to have a fishing license to hit the waters with their fishing pole on a state-designated free fishing day, they have to abide by their state’s fishing regulations, which often include daily fish limits and restrictions on fish size.

Click here to see when your state offers free fishing days this year. You can call your state fish and wildlife agency for more details.

Click here to find fun places to fish and boat near you.

My family spent a lot of time on the lake fishing when I was a kid. Although I haven’t gone in years, my kids now both have fishing poles and we’re planning a fishing trip soon, possibly during our state’s upcoming free fishing event.

Do you fish? Do you plan on grabbing your pole and hitting up a fishing hole during your state’s free fishing days? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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