State adds four more license-free fishing days to calendar
Published: September 18, 2013   |
Updated: September 18, 2013 at 05:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have announced four additional license-free fishing days to its annual schedule.
“Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for people to try, or introduce a friend to, some of the finest fishing in the world,” Scott said in a news release.
“Florida’s recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing industry has an $8.9 billion economic impact and events like these help grow the industry even more. I’m excited that the FWC has adopted four more license-free fishing days for a total of eight days per year. These days are a great way to introduce more Floridians to the lifetime sport of fishing.”
On the designated days, the requirement to have a recreational fishing license is waived for residents and visitors. Saltwater license-free fishing days already this year were on June 1 and Sept. 1, while freshwater days were April 6 and June 8.
During its Sept. 5 meeting, the state wildlife commission added four more license-free days to the calendar, and the Florida Legislature approved the increase earlier this year.
The additional saltwater license-free fishing days will be Oct. 12 and Nov. 30, while additional freshwater license-free days will be Nov. 29 and Dec. 28.
The commission also set dates for 2014 and beyond. All eight days now will fall on the same day of the week from year to year, allowing fishing fans to plan their trips far in advance.
For 2014 and beyond, those dates are:
- Saltwater – first Saturday and Sunday in June; first Saturday in September and the Saturday following Thanksgiving;
- Freshwater – first Saturday and Sunday in April; the second Saturday and Sunday in June.
To make these events accessible to as many people as possible, the wildlife commission planned these dates around holiday weekends, national events and National Fishing and Boating Week. Highlighted by significant national media coverage and public events, National Fishing and Boating Week promotes boating and fishing across the country as fun and healthy outdoor activities.
The commission reminds anglers that all other fishing regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply on the license-free days. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn more about saltwater and freshwater fishing in Florida.