Florida Fish & Wildlife: Enjoy License-Free Freshwater Fishing This Weekend
By Space Coast Daily // April 1, 2023
fishing license requirement waived for recreational anglers, including residents and non-residents
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– Get ready for license-free freshwater fishing this weekend, April 1-2.
Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to fishing, this is the perfect opportunity for you, your friends and family to cast a line without needing to purchase a license.
Don’t miss the opportunity to get outdoors and catch some fish.
License-free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for those who don’t yet have a fishing license to experience fishing, take youth fishing, or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.
On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers, including both residents and non-residents.
All other rules such as seasons, bag and size limits apply.
License-free freshwater days include:
First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April
Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June
License-free saltwater days
First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June
First Saturday in September
Saturday following Thanksgiving
The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are also not required on these days.
The FWC is responsible for managing Florida’s fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. This often involves enacting and enforcing rules and regulations governing human activity in many areas – such as hunting and fishing, operating boats, possessing captive wildlife and dealing with nuisance animals.
Because rules are made, changed and repealed throughout the year, agency staff frequently interacts with affected individuals and the general public.