Alabama’s Free Fishing Day Is Saturday, June 12, 2010

Alabama’s “Free Fishing Day” is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2010. The event takes place during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 5 - 13. Approved by the Alabama Legislature, Free Fishing Day allows for an annual free day of fishing when residents and non-residents may fish in most state waters without a fishing license. The fishing licensing exemption applies to both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
According to Barnett Lawley, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner, fishing is a gateway activity that allows kids and parents to be a part of nature. “Fishing events like Free Fishing Day are a great opportunity for Alabama families to spend quality time together outdoors,” Lawley said.
The exemption of the usual fishing license requirement on Free Fishing Day does not affect some lakes that may still require fees and permits. Fishing in a private pond requires the pond owner’s permission. Contact your local Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries district office if you have any questions regarding license requirements. A list of district offices and contact numbers can be found here.  A list of freshwater fishing options can be found here.  
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 Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.