Free Fishing Day still a go but events are cancelled

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Las Vegas – Saturday, June 13 is Nevada’s annual Free Fishing Day. That means anglers here in the Silver State can fish without purchasing a fishing license, but only for that day. All other fishing regulations, such as limits and means of take, still apply.

Traditionally, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has hosted or partnered with community organizations to host special events on Free Fishing Day. However, due to transmission concerns associated with COVID-19, those events have been cancelled for 2020.

“The need to cancel these events is very disappointing. They are something we look forward to each year,” said Chris Vasey, Conservation Education Division administrator for NDOW. “Few things are as satisfying as seeing a smile appear on the face of someone who just caught their first fish. Especially if they are a youth.” 

Despite the cancellation of events, Vasey said Free Fishing Day is still a good opportunity for people who have never fished before to give it a try without having to pay for a fishing license. It also is a chance for those anglers who haven’t fished in a while to come back and rekindle their interest.

Nevada has more than 200 lakes and reservoirs, 600 streams and rivers, and nearly 400,000 surface acres of sport fishing opportunity statewide. Anglers can discover their local waterways and the fish that can be found there at

 “At a time when so many people are looking for a change of pace, Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors,” said Vasey.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, June 5th, 2020

Wilson Reservoir: Fishing Below Spillway Has Been Good
Willow Creek Reservoir: Willow Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Wild Horse Reservoir: Fishing Ranges From Good to Very Good
South Fork Reservoir: Fishing For Both Trout & Bass Has Been Good
Ruby Lake NWR: Ruby Lake Fishing Report
Jiggs Reservoir (Zunino Reservoir): Fishing Has Been Good For Trout & Bluegill
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Powerbait & Spinners Working Good For Trout
Illipah Reservoir: Reservoir is Full & Fishing is Good
Comins Lake: Comins Lake is Fishing Well
Cold Creek Reservoir: Cold Creek Reservoir Report
Cave Lake: Cave Lake Fishing Report
Angel Lake: Lake is Spilling into The Creek
: NDOW Eastern Fishing Report

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Eagle Valley Reservoir: Eagle Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Echo Canyon Reservoir Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Lake Mohave: Fish Are Crazy About Soft Plastics
Colorado River - Laughlin: River is Producing Some Nice Stripers
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Anglers & Fish Looking For Someplace Cool to Hang Out
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Fishing Report
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report