National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration that takes place the first week of June every year, highlights the ways in which fishing and recreational boating enhance people’s’ quality of life and preserve our country’s natural beauty. Boating and Fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities. Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities. The funds from your Washington State fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.
During National Fishing and Boating week, Washington state residents can enjoy their Free Fishing Days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a Washington State fishing license. Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time.
- Free Fishing Days in Washington State, 2nd Saturday in June: June 8-9, 2019
- Fish Washington has more information about fishing in Washington State for all levels of anglers.
All boat operators are required to have a Washington State issued Boater Education Card indicating that a boating safety education class or equivalency exam has been successfully completed by the card holder.
The BoatUS Foundation’s Online Course is the only free Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The course is hosted by industry organization BoatUS.
Take a newbie fishing!
Did you know that one of the main reasons people don’t go fishing or boating, is because no one has invited them? For a newcomer, fishing can feel like an intimidating activity without an experienced guide.
But you can help change this. Your invitation may be just what someone needs to start a lifetime of love for fishing and boating.
If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.