VIRGINIA (WHSV) — In just over two weeks, Virginia will allow anyone to fish public waters for free, without a license.
According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, they're offering three full days of free fishing from June 7-9.
On those days, anyone can head to any public waters around the state and fish without the need to buy a fishing license.
But remember – regardless of whether you have a license or not, all state fishing regulations still apply, which you can find here.
A number of places around the state will be hosting events to celebrate the free fishing days, including at Lake Shenandoah from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8. You can find a map with locations of all those events here.
The event is to allow people who may not otherwise have access to fishing to get the chance and to allow children to be introduced to the activity.
The department is also hosting open houses at five cold water fish hatcheries from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1, where you can learn how stocked brown, rainbow, and brook trout get from the hatchery to Virginia’s waters. Participating hatcheries include Montebello, Coursey Springs, Paint Bank, Wytheville, and Marion.