TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida residents and visitors can cast a line into the water and get hooked on saltwater and freshwater fishing with two license-free fishing days this month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement.
The commission will celebrate a saltwater license-free fishing day on Saturday and a freshwater license-free fishing day June 8. Anglers are not required to have a license on those days.
FWC staff will be at several boat ramps and docks talking with the public about saltwater fishing, the commission said. Wildlife staff will also be greeting visitors at the welcome centers on Interstate 95 and I-75, participating in Visit Florida's Fishing Month.
Officials will also be on hand to talk about how to handle fish, use dehooking tools, general boating safety and more. A women's fishing clinic is also scheduled.
"We hope visitors and residents alike will be able to join in the excitement of Florida's saltwater and freshwater fishing this year by participating in one of our license-free fishing days or attending an event surrounding the days,'' FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley said in a press release. "This is an excellent opportunity to share the fun and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or to introduce someone to a lifetime hobby of fishing.''
The first week of June is also National Fishing and Boating Week.
The wildlife commission also made Sept. 1 a license-free saltwater fishing day, which not only falls on a holiday weekend, but is during the popular bay scallop season.
Each year, the first Saturday in April and second Saturday in June will be license-free freshwater fishing days. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates.
*Pictured above is FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley.