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Florida's freshwater license-free fishing days begin this weekend

Posted at 2:12 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 14:12:04-04

(WTXL) — Free fishing dates are back. To legally fish, a person must have a fishing license, but on these days fishers can fish without a license.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has said the following dates are license-free fishing days:


  • June 1 and 2, 2019. (First Saturday and Sunday in June.)
  • Sept. 7, 2019. (First Saturday in September.)
  • Nov. 30, 2019. (Saturday following Thanksgiving.)


  • April 6 and 7, 2019. (First Saturday and Sunday in April.)
  • June 8 and 9, 2019. (Second Saturday and Sunday in June.)

The following individuals are exempt from needing a recreational fishing license:

  • Youth under 16 years of age
  • Resident seniors age 65 or older with proof of age or residency or possessing an optional Resident 65+ Hunt/Fish Certificate
  • Those freshwater fishing in your county of residence on your homestead (or the homestead of your spouse or minor child), or if you are a minor child freshwater fishing or hunting on the homestead of your parent.

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

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