No License Needed to go Freshwater Fishing in Florida April 4-5

Just in time for many visitors on spring break, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced last week Floridians and visitors will be able to fish without a freshwater recreational fishing license Easter weekend, Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.

The governor and the FWC also revealed no license will be needed for freshwater fishing June 13-14, AND saltwater enthusiasts should note they will not need a saltwater recreational fishing license on June 6-7, September 5 and November 28.

Tom's News Item on Florida Free Fishing Days 3-15 indexGov. Rick Scott said in a press release, “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.”

To make your fishing day successful, check out for fishing tips, locations and rules. Click to learn more about license-free fishing days.


Top Photo: Christopher Mobley holds up a 9 pound, 1-ounce bass he caught on March 17 in a neighborhood pond in Florida. (Photo courtesy of FWC)


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