July 4 declared free fishing day

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 01:06 PM.

To celebrate the holiday, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is giving everyone good reason to get out and cast a line.

On July 4, anglers of all ages are invited to fish for free.

From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — residents and non-residents — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege.  

Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply. 

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day always falls on July 4.

On all other days of the year, anyone age 16 and older must have a fishing license to fish in any public water in North Carolina, including coastal waters. To purchase a license, call the Commission at 1-888-248-6834, go to ncwildlife.org, or visit a local Wildlife Service Agent.  



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