"Free Fishing Day is offered to introduce non-anglers to the sport of fishing and to remind former anglers of the fun they've been missing," said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Chief of Fisheries Stan Cook. "Each year, more and more people are taking advantage of the day to get out and enjoy a family fun day of fishing. Also, kids who may not have the opportunities to fish can come out on this day and learn how exciting fishing can be."
There is an exemption of the usual fishing license requirement – both freshwater and saltwater – on that day only. Some lakes or piers may still require fees and permits, and owner's permission is required to fish private ponds.
Marine Resources Division Director R. Vernon Minton encourages saltwater anglers to cast a line and try their luck on June 9. "For those folks who have never fished in saltwater, this is a great opportunity for them to experience the fun and excitement," said Minton. "For those who do saltwater fish, it's a chance for them to take someone who hasn't and introduce them to the sport."
Those interested in saltwater fishing may pick up the free Alabama Marine Information Calendar which features information on moon phases, sunset and sunrise times, Alabama's artificial reef program, license schedules, fish creel limits, a tidal calendar, and much more. The calendars are available at the two Marine Resources offices located on Dauphin Island and in Gulf Shores. Call 251-861-2882 or 251-968-7576.
Several events, sponsored by the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division as part of the Community Fishing Program with support from local community partners, are planned around the State as a part of Free Fishing Day, June 9. These special fishing events, held during National Fishing & Boating Week, June 2-10, provide opportunities for families and friends to share fun and quality time together while learning about one of the Nation's favorite pastimes.
15th Annual Fishing Rodeo – Auburn Technology Park South Lake – for youth ages 12 and younger accompanied by an adult (adult fee $5) – 8 a.m. until noon – contact Alison Hall, Auburn Parks and Recreation, 334-501-2940.
Lee King Benefit Buddy Tournament for Kids – Lakepoint State Park, Eufaula – 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. – for youth ages 15 and younger – contact Sam Williams, 334-687-6266.
The Montgomery Lagoon Park Kids Fishing Event – Lagoon Park, Montgomery – for youth ages 5-11 accompanied by an adult – two sessions – 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. & 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. – contact Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to register at 334-358-0035.
10th Annual Take a Kid Fishing event – Memorial Park Lake, Jasper– for all youth – 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. – Alabama Crappie Association – contact Mike Tubbs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.