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Freshwater fishing license-free in Florida this weekend

Bill shared this photo on SnapJAX, adding "Sunrise fishing. Does it get any better?"
Bill shared this photo on SnapJAX, adding "Sunrise fishing. Does it get any better?" (Photo shared on SnapJAX)

Try your hand at freshwater fishing this weekend without needing a freshwater fishing license. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said license-free fishing days are a great way for residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why the state is known as the Fishing Capital of the World.

“The first freshwater license-free fishing weekend of the year is an excellent opportunity to introduce someone to fishing for the first time,” said Freshwater Fisheries Management Director Tom Graef.

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and annual workplans, boat ramp information, and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lake.

All other rules, such as seasons, bag and size limits apply. To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/License.

To renew or purchase a fishing license, visit GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Enjoyed your trip fishing? The next freshwater license-free fishing weekend is June 12 and 13. Check out recognition program TrophyCatch and submit your 8-pound and greater largemouth bass to win prizes.

“Florida has long been known as the Fishing Capital of the World and Florida fishing helps to support many industries that impact the state’s economy, including retail, research and tourism,” said FWC Commissioner Gary Lester. “Now is the time to get out on the water and an even better time to introduce someone you know to fishing – all you need is a rod and a reel!”

For more information about the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, contact Laura Rambo Walthall at 850-488-0520 or Laura.Walthall@MyFWC.com.