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License-free Fishing in Saltwater days
License-free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for those who don’t yet have a fishing license to experience fishing, take youth fishing, or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers, including both residents and non-residents.
License-free saltwater days
- First Saturday in September (Sept. 4th)
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 also not required on these days.
For more information, please visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.