Florida Hosts Final 2018 License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day on November 24

Keep Florida Fishing Invites Residents, Visitors to Participate in License-Free Fishing

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing invites Florida residents and visitors to celebrate the holidays with friends and family by participating in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) saltwater license-free fishing day on Saturday, Nov. 24. This is the last of eight license-free fishing days offered by FWC and approved by Gov. Rick Scott in 2018.

“This is the perfect day to spend time with your loved ones on the water. On Saturday, Nov. 24, head out on a boat or to your nearest shoreline, bridge, or pier, and join us in giving thanks for being an angler in Florida, the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.

“On behalf of Florida’s more than three million anglers, we have much to be thankful for this year, including progress on water infrastructure improvements and funding to help restore Florida’s coral reefs. Let’s celebrate the final license-free saltwater fishing day of 2018 by renewing our commitment to clean waters, abundant fisheries, and access to both,” said Kellie Ralston, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.

According to FWC, on license-free fishing days, the requirement to obtain a fishing license is waived for all recreational anglers, whether Florida residents or non-residents. All other rules apply.

For saltwater license-free fishing days, “the saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g. crabbinglobsteringscalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required during these days.”

Floridians can mark their calendars for the license-free fishing dates in 2019:

2019 License-Free Freshwater Days

Saturday/Sunday, April 6-7

Saturday/Sunday, June 8-9 

2019 License-Free Saltwater Days

Saturday/Sunday, June 1-2

Saturday, Sept. 7

Saturday, Nov. 30