Here’s when you can fish license free in Florida

No license needed for freshwater fishing on April 3-4

Flounder fishing in the creeks of Northeastern Florida
Flounder fishing in the creeks of Northeastern Florida

Floridians and visitors will be able to fish without license in the Sunshine State during five periods of time in 2021.

The first license-free freshwater fishing dates fall next week on April 3 and 4, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

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“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,” FWC said on its website.

The full schedule is as follows according to the FWC website:

  • April 3-4: License-free freshwater fishing
  • June 12-13: License-free freshwater and saltwater fishing
  • Sept. 4: License-free saltwater fishing
  • Nov. 27: License-free saltwater fishing

These license-free fishing days apply to residents and non-residents.

All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions still apply on the license-free fishing day.

For more information, click here.

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Stacy is a Social Media Producer for and has been with News 6 since 2018. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in advertising and a Masters in social media/mass communications.