Florida hosts license-free freshwater fishing April 7-8

Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 14:48:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Officials are inviting Florida residents to participate in license-free fishing this weekend.

Keep Florida Fishing is inviting 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 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.

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

The weekend of free fishing starts runs from Saturday, April 7 to Sunday, April 8.

Residents should also 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