Free Fishing Days Coming Up this Weekend

Couple Fishing in the Creek

// by Danae Leake

If you’ve ever wanted to fish but didn't feel like going to the trouble of getting a fishing license, this weekend will be a great chance to throw out your line. This Saturday and Sunday, the fishing license requirement is waived for saltwater fishing.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC), the saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license, like crabbing and lobstering, and fishing from shore or a boat.

Next weekend, June 10 and 11, free fishing days apply to freshwater fishing.

Usually, Florida residents have to pay an annual license for  $17 while non-residents pay about $47 for an annual license. Persons under 16 and over 65 aren’t required to have a fishing license as well as as members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

According to WJXT, FWC is hosting these free fishing days near National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-June 12).

The weekend’s free fishing day part of the eight license-free fishing days that the FWC offers every year.

As for the rules concerning bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions, they still apply.

Here’s the list of free fishing days:

License-free freshwater days

Second Saturday and Sunday in June

License-free saltwater days
First Saturday and Sunday in June
First Saturday in September
Saturday following Thanksgiving

To learn more about free fishing days, go to the FWC’s website.