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Free fishing weekend

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Floridians and visitors will be able to fish without a freshwater recreational fishing license this weekend, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

License free days are the first Saturday and Sunday of April and the second Saturday and Sunday in June. Whille it is a license-free weekend, all bag limits, seasons and size restrictions still apply.

FWC lists the days as a chance for parents who do not have fishing licenses to take their children fishing or for avid anglers to introduce someone else to the sport, without having to purchase a license.

License free saltwater days are coming too. That will be on Saturday and Sunday in June, the first Saturday in September and the 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 not required on these days.

This year, FWC is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Florida’s wildlife management area system - nearly six million acres of lands managed as a habitat for wildlife and for people to enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and more.