Additional License-Free Fishing Days Announced

In an effort to introduce newcomers to the activity, Florida residents and visitors can saltwater fish on various days in 2014 without obtaining a recreational fishing license.

Florida currently offers the public four license-free fishing days per year, where the requirement to have a recreational fishing license is waived for residents and visitors. During the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting on September 5, four more license-free fishing days were added to the calendar, as approved by Florida Legislature earlier this year.

The additional saltwater license-free fishing days will be Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, November 30 and additional freshwater license-free days will be Friday, November 29 and Saturday, December 28.

For 2014 and beyond, the following dates will be license-free fishing days:

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

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

An annual license for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration projects.

All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates. For fishing tips, locations and rules, visit