BOSTON — For those wanting to put up the “Gone Fishing” sign this weekend, the state is adding a little extra incentive.

MassWildlife has designated Saturday and Sunday as free freshwater fishing weekend. It means you won’t need a fishing license to cast a line at any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream in the Bay State.

Officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of the opportunity by inviting a friend or family member to go fishing with them.

A freshwater fishing license is required at all other times of the season for anyone 15 years of age or older.

Licenses cost $27.50 but are free for Massachusetts residents 70 and older and those ages 15 to 17.

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