Governor Rick Scott announcing a license-free freshwater fishing weekend for Florida residents and visitors.

April 7th and 8th, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will allow residents and visitors to downloadenjoy Florida’s fishing opportunities without requiring a license.

“I’m proud to announce this year’s first license-free fishing weekend,” said Governor Rick Scott. “This is a great opportunity for families and visitors to see why Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy Florida’s beautiful outdoors with family and friends.’

Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply.

License-free freshwater days

  • First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June

License-free saltwater days

  • First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday following Thanksgiving

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbinglobsteringscalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days.

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