Florida Hosts License-Free Freshwater Fishing April 6-7

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

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – On Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, Keep Florida Fishing® invites Florida residents and visitors to take part in a weekend of license-free fishing in state freshwater fisheries. The two-day event is part of a total of eight license-free fishing days offered each year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

“This license-free fishing weekend create lasting memories with anglers of all ages among Florida’s waters,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing. “On behalf of the four million anglers in Florida, we say thank you to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for continuing the tradition of allowing anglers of all skill levels to enjoy a weekend of fishing in the Sunshine State.”

“FWC’s license-free fishing weekend is a perfect opportunity to explore Florida’s three million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and approximately 12,000 miles of rivers, streams and canals,” said Kellie Ralston, Southeast Fisheries Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association. “Take advantage of this opportunity and see why Florida is the ‘Fishing Capital of the World.’”

According to FWC, while the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents), all other rules apply.

Floridians should mark their calendars with the following 2019 license-free fishing dates:

License-Free Freshwater Days

Saturday/Sunday, April 6-7

Saturday/Sunday, June 8-9 

License-Free Saltwater Days

Saturday/Sunday, June 1-2

Saturday, Sept. 7

Saturday, Nov. 30

Florida anglers generate $12.2 billion in economic impact, support more than 173,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to Florida conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.