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

Floridians, visitors qualify


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott announced that this weekend, April 1-2, Floridians and visitors will be able to fish without a freshwater recreational fishing license. All bag limits, seasons, and size restrictions will still apply.

“This weekend’s license-free fishing days are a great chance for families and visitors to enjoy the spring weather and experience the many fishing sites Florida is well known for." Scott said. "Florida is proud to be the Fishing Capital of the World, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the license-free days this weekend.”

This year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system, nearly six million acres of lands managed as a habitat for wildlife and for people to enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and more. 

“If you’ve never been fishing before, this is a great opportunity to get out there and give it a try, or, if you’re a seasoned angler, take a friend or family member who has never been," FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski said. "They just might learn to appreciate it as much as you do.”

For more information on Wildlife Management Areas near your community, click here. For fishing tips, locations and regulation information, click here.