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First License-Free Fishing Day is Saturday

Florida's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has designated four days in 2012 for fishing without a license.

Gather your bait and tackle. This Saturday is a license-free fishing day.

Florida's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission recently announced four days in 2012 that people can fish in the state without having a license.

“Fishing is a great way to enjoy Florida’s beautiful outdoors, great weather and a wonderful day with family and friends,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.  “License-free fishing days are the perfect opportunity to discover the fun and excitement of fishing and Florida’s great outdoors.”

License-free fishing days are great opportunities to introduce friends to fishing, or to give fishing a try yourself.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) spread out the opportunities this year, so more people will be able to head for their favorite lakes and rivers or saltwater destinations on the designated four days. 

  • April 7 (freshwater) The weather is usually comfortable this time of year. Plus it is Easter weekend, which many people like to spend with a variety of activities with family or friends.
  • June 2 (saltwater) The date conincides with the first weekend of Gulf red snapper season and National Fishing and Boating Week, which means there will be lots of other related activities going on too.
  • June 9 (freshwater) Coincides with the last day of National Fishing and Boating Week. Last year, 38 states had at least one license-free fishing day during this annual event.
  • Sept. 1 (saltwater) This is on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, when lots of people have time to celebrate the traditional end-of-summer holiday. Bay scallops, lobster and snook will be open for harvest on this date.

The license-free fishing designation applies only to recreational fishing, not commercial. All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates. Check out MyFWC.com/Fishing for fishing tips, locations and rules.

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