Florida offers license-free fishing days in June

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The first week of June is also National Fishing and Boating Week and 37 states, including Florida and Georgia, will have license-free fishing days during the June 1-9 national celebration of fishing and boating.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing website includes events sponsored by businesses and communities during the nine-day event, as well as help locating fishing sites, identifying recreational species and finding fishing tips.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be celebrating a saltwater license-free fishing day June 1 and a freshwater license-free fishing day June 8, participating in several events during the first week of June.

License-free fishing days represent an opportunity for Florida residents and visitors to cast a line into the water and get hooked on saltwater and freshwater fishing. Anglers are not required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license on June 1 or a freshwater recreational fishing license on June 8.

To help celebrate, FWC staff will be at several boat ramps and docks to talk with the public about saltwater fishing. Staff also will greet visitors at the welcome centers on I-95 and I-75, participating in Visit Florida’s Fishing Month. Staff will talk about how to handle fish, use de-hooking tools and general boating safety. A women’s fishing clinic is also scheduled.

“We hope visitors and residents alike will be able to join in the excitement of Florida’s saltwater and freshwater fishing this year by participating in one of our license-free fishing days or attending an event surrounding the days,” FWC executive director Nick Wiley said in a statement. “This is an excellent opportunity to share the fun and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or to introduce someone to a lifetime hobby of fishing.”

Scheduled event dates and locations include:

Friday-Sunday: I-95 Welcome Center outreach

Friday: dockside outreach in Carrabelle at Timber Island Road

Saturday: dockside outreach at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge boat ramp

June 7-9: I-75 Welcome Center outreach

June 7: dockside outreach at the boat ramp at Lanark Village

June 8: Women’s Fishing Clinic in St. Petersburg at Weedon Island

June 9: Dockside outreach at the St. Marks River boat ramp near San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

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