The first week in June is National Fishing and Boating Week. In recognition of the event, Oklahoma is offering free fishing in all state lakes, including city of Bartlesville-owned lakes, on June 3-4.

City licenses are not required to fish in lakes owned by the city, which include Hudson, Jo Allyn Lowe and Lee Lake, but all state rules and regulations must be observed. But on June 3-4, no license of any kind is required to fish in any of the states lakes, including those on city property — and beyond, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hulah and Copan lakes.

The campaign is an effort to inspire young people and those fishing for the first time.

“Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time,” the Take me Fishing website states. “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. Find out what you need to get out on the water.”

For more information about National Fishing and Boating Week, visit