CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Grab your fishing pole and head out on July 4th for North Carolina’s annual Free Fishing Day.
N.C. Wildlife officials say on Independence Day anyone in North Carolina can fish for free without having to buy a license, as long as they follow other fishing regulations.
The annual free fishing day was originally authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 (sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission) and always falls on the July Fourth holiday.
“Free Fishing Day was created to promote the sport of fishing and is a great opportunity for families to try a new outdoor activity,” says Christian Waters, the agency’s chief of the Inland Fisheries Division. “Fishing is relatively inexpensive recreational sport that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy. It’s an excellent way to enjoy quality time together in a relaxing setting on the water.”
N.C. Wildlife officials say anyone interested in taking part of the day should check out their website for valuable tips on where and what to fish here.
“The interactive fishing and boating maps on the agency’s website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free, that are open to the public. Also, to give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state. Stocking information can also be found on the website. ”
Wildlife officials say while anyone can fish for free on July 4th, a fishing license is required for anyone 16-years-old and up on all other days of the year including on both public and coastal waters.
To purchase a fishing license click here or call the Commission at 888-248-6834.