Fish license-free in Florida two weekends in June

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Posted June 3, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced on Wednesday that residents and visitors of Florida could now fish license-free during two weekends in June this year, according to a FWC press release.

Those two respective weekends are: June 4-5 for saltwater fishing and June 11-12 for freshwater. The fishing licensing requirements are waived for all recreational anglers during these dates but all other rules, including seasons, bag and size limits, still apply. 

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational activity requiring a saltwater fishing license (for example: crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.), whether fishing from shore or a boat. Additionally, a snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days; however, the FWC recommended anglers to always make sure to check recreational regulations. 

License-free fishing days, according to the FWC, provide a fun opportunity for new anglers to try fishing for the first time or an opportunity for experienced anglers to introduce a friend or family member to a new hobby. 

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