Saltwater and freshwater license-free fishing days begin June 7

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

TALLAHASSEE —  Florida Governor Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  have set June 7 and 8 and June 14 and 15 as license-free fishing days.

Floridians and visitors will be able to fish without a saltwater recreational fishing license on June 7 and 8 and freshwater recreational fishing license on the 14 and 15.

These four license-free fishing days fall near National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, which started June 1 and runs through June 8. In conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week and FWC’s license-free event is the first-ever KeepAmericaFishing Day on June 7.

FOR FISHING SUCCESS

To make your fishing day successful, visit the FWC fishing webpage for fishing tips, locations and rules. Learn more about license-free fishing days by visiting the FWC license page and clicking on “Do I Need One?” and “Free Fishing Days.”

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing website is a place to learn about events sponsored by businesses and communities during National Fishing and Boating Week, as well as locating fishing sites, identifying recreational species and finding fishing tips.

MORE LICENSE-FREE FISHING DAYS

Sept. 6 and Nov. 29 have also been designated license-free saltwater fishing days this year, and April 4 and 5, 2015 have been designated a license-free freshwater fishing weekend. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates.

Scott said, “Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and fishing is an economic engine for our state, providing jobs from Pensacola to the Keys. These designated license-free fishing days are a great opportunity for Floridians to celebrate summer with their families and loved ones, enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors, cast a line and get hooked on fishing.”

“We hope visitors and residents alike will be able to join in the excitement of Florida’s saltwater and freshwater fishing this year by participating in one of our license-free fishing days,” said FWC Chairman Richard Corbett. “This is an excellent opportunity to share the fun and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or to introduce someone to a lifelong hobby of fishing.”

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