By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — The upcoming National Fishing and Boating Week scheduled for the week of June 6-14 will allow all Alabamians and out-of-staters to fish without a license for a day in the majority of public waters throughout the state.
The Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week and is slated for June 13. The event allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license.
“This is the perfect opportunity for non-anglers to test the fishing waters and to remind former anglers of all the fun they’ve been missing,” Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said. “It’s also a day for kids to learn how fun and exciting fishing is, while giving families a chance to do something together outdoors.”
State Public Fishing Lakes will still require a fishing permit on Free Fishing Day, and some piers might still require fees and permit. Anglers looking for a new public fishing spot are encouraged to explore the fishing section of www.outdooralabama.com.
Furthermore, Free Fishing Day takes place during Alabama’s red snapper season. While fishing license requirements are waived for Free Fishing Day, those fishing for red snapper will still need a $10 Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement and a free saltwater angler registration.