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2024 Florida Free Fishing Weekend (Freshwater)

By Dawn Pronko, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Seminole County June 6, 2024

Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don't yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. These days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents). All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag, and size limits) apply. 

License-free freshwater days

  • April 6 and 7, 2024. (First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April.)
  • June 9 and 10, 2024. (Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June.)

License-free saltwater days

  • June 1 and 2, 2024. (First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June.)
  • Sept. 7, 2024. (First Saturday in September.)
  • Nov. 30, 2024. (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 is not required these days.
 

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