License-free freshwater fishing this weekend in Florida

Posted at 10:06 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 23:19:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This weekend, Floridians and visitors will be able to fish without a freshwater recreational fishing license.

April 1st and 2nd are just two of eight license-free fishing days approved by Governor Scott and FWC for 2017.

All bag limits, seasons, and size restrictions will still apply.

“This weekend’s license-free fishing days are a great chance for families and visitors to enjoy the spring weather and experience the many fishing sites Florida is well known for," says Gov. Rick Scott.  "Florida is proud to be the Fishing Capital of the World, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the license-free days this weekend.”

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Chairman Brian Yablonski said, “If you’ve never been fishing before, this is a great opportunity to get out there and give it a try, or, if you’re a seasoned angler, take a friend or family member who has never been. They just might learn to appreciate it as much as you do.”

For freshwater fishing tips, locations and regulation information for Florida, click here.