License-Free Fishing

An image of two men with mahi during license free fishing in florida

On Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, Keep Florida Fishing invites Florida residents and visitors to take part in a weekend of license-free fishing in state freshwater fisheries.

The two-day event is part of a total of eight license-free fishing days offered each year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and approved by Gov. Rick Scott.

“The license-free fishing weekend is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the next generation of anglers to Florida’s waters while also giving families the chance to make lasting memories on Florida’s beautiful lakes, rivers or ponds. Thank you to Gov. Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for opening the door for anglers of all skill levels to enjoy a weekend of fishing in Florida,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.

“Florida is known as the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’ and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the license-free fishing weekend in the Sunshine State. There’s no better way to spend your weekend than fishing on the water with family and friends,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.

According to FWC, while the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents), all other rules apply.

Floridians should mark their calendars with the following 2018 license-free fishing dates:

License-Free Freshwater Days

Saturday/Sunday, April 7-8

Saturday/Sunday, June 9-10

License-Free Saltwater Days

Saturday/Sunday, June 2-3

Saturday, Sept. 1

Saturday, Nov. 24

Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, represents the interests of the recreational fishing community. Florida has more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to Florida conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motorboat fuel and equipment.

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