Free Fishing This Weekend


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting Florida residents and visitors to go freshwater fishing during two license-free days this weekend, April 2-3. The fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers.

All other rules including seasons, bag and size limits still apply.

Looking for a fishing spot to bring your family? The FWC is hosting two free freshwater fishing events this weekend. Youth anglers will be allowed to access fish in ponds on site. Bring your own fishing gear, bait and chairs and go fishing.

Florida Bass Conservation Center Youth Fishing Derby
 Florida Bass Conservation Center (3583 CR 788, Webster, FL 33597)
When: Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Tenoroc Youth Fishing Derby
: Tenoroc Public Use Area (3829 Tenoroc Mine Road, Lakeland, FL 33805)
When: Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration required for youth participation at this event. To preregister, call the FWC at 863-648-3200 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pre-registration will end on Friday, April 1, at 5 p.m.

Some of Florida’s freshwater waterbodies are extra special right now! Have you heard about our freshwater angler recognition program, TrophyCatch? We are celebrating its 10th season and that means you can fish for special, pink-tagged largemouth bass for some big prizes! Visit to learn more.