License-free fishing this weekend

One of two designated weekends this year


Get ready to reel 'em in this weekend. Saturday and Sunday are "license-free" freshwater fishing days for Florida visitors and residents.

The governor designates a few weekends a year to let people legally fish in the state's waterways without a license.

 "License-free fishing weekends are a great way for Floridians and visitors to enjoy the fishing capital of the world and to experience every fishing opportunity Florida has to offer," Gov. Scott said in a statement. "I hope everyone enjoys springtime in our state and takes advantage of license-free fishing this weekend."

All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions still apply on license-free fishing dates. Anglers will be allowed to fish without a license only in freshwater areas this weekend; licenses are still required for saltwater fishing this weekend.

Another license-free freshwater fishing weekend is scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday in June.

License-free saltwater fishing days are scheduled for the first weekend in June, the first Saturday in September and the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

For more information, head over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's website.