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Florida License-Free Fishing Days


Many of you may have been waiting for a perfect time to get out and try your hand at fly-fishing. Well, the state of Florida offers several days each year where all of you can fish license-free. In other words, the state of Florida has given you free days to fish without a recreational fishing license. This applies to residents and non-residents. All other rules (e.g. seasons, bag, and size limits) apply. See the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on-line resource for more information.

Saltwater

Florida already allows saltwater fishing (without a license) for shoreline areas which are accessible without the use of a boat or other means. For 2015, you will be able to fish all applicable saltwater by any means of access on the following days:

  • First Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday following Thanksgiving

This saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g. crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.). In addition, Snook and Spiny Lobster permits are not required.

Freshwater

For 2015, you will be able to fish all applicable freshwater on the following days:

  • First Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second Saturday and Sunday in June

For detailed information on Florida license-free fishing, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on-line.

Don’t forget, Fly Mastery is interested in hearing about your time out on the water! Tell us where you fished and what you were landing – take lots of photos. Fly-fishing is amazing, enjoy!

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