In September, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced four additional license-free fishing days.
In a press release Gov. Scott said, “Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect opportunity for people to try, or introduce a friend to, some of the finest fishing in the world. Florida's recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing industry has an $8.9 billion economic impact and events like these help grow the industry even more. I'm excited that the FWC has adopted four more license-free fishing days for a total of eight days per year. These days are a great way to introduce more Floridians to the lifetime sport of fishing.”
To date, the state offers the public four license-free fishing days each year. On those days, the requirement to possess a recreational fishing license is waived for residents and visitors. This year, saltwater license-free fishing days this year were held on June 1 and Sept. 1. Freshwater license-free days were offered April 6 and June 8.
FWC is making it a tradition. During its Sept. 5 meeting, the commissioners added four more license-free fishing days to the calendar, which the Florida Legislature had already approved.
Additional dates are Oct. 12 and Nov. 30 in salt water, and Nov. 29 and Dec. 28 on our thousands of lakes, rivers, creeks and canals.
The Commission also set dates for 2014 and beyond. Free fishing days will now fall on the same day of the week from year to year, allowing potential anglers to plan fishing trips in advance.
For 2014 and beyond, the dates are:
First Saturday and Sunday in June
First Saturday in September.
Saturday following Thanksgiving.
First Saturday and Sunday in April.
Second Saturday and Sunday in June.
Let us help you plan your fishing experience today. Just shoot us a note. Keep in mind that all other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply on these days. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn more about saltwater and freshwater fishing in Florida. We're here to put you on fish and answer any questions.