TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida officials are inviting people to participate in license-free saltwater and freshwater fishing in June.
From June 2 - 10, Keep Florida Fishing encourages anglers and boaters to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week on the water.
The annual event emphasizes the significant role of recreational fishing and boating in Florida.
License-free fishing days are also offered on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, for saltwater fishing, and on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, for freshwater fishing to all Florida residents and tourists.
The state offers eight license-free fishing days in 2018 through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Officials say that National Fishing and Boating Week is an opportunity for anglers of all skill levels to invite family and friends to join them on the water and share their love for Florida’s natural resources.
According to the FWC, on license-free fishing 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.”
In addition to enjoying Florida’s waters, Atlantic coast anglers are asked to report their catch and trips, whether successful or abandoned, by using MyFishCount.
SAFMC partnered with the Snook and Gamefish Foundation to create the pilot project that encourages recreational anglers to voluntarily report their catches through MyFishCount.com or via the smartphone app.
The reports will help improve data used to manage Florida’s fisheries while also creating a tool for anglers to review past logged trips and catches. Learn more about MyFishCount and how it works here.