Easter weekend brings free freshwater fishing to Florida
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Media contact: Bob Wattendorf, 850-488-3831
Both residents and nonresidents in Florida can fish
in public fresh waters across the state without a license during
the weekend of April 3 and 4. All other fishing rules apply.
The Florida Legislature and Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) designated the first full
weekend in April each year to be Florida's Free Freshwater Fishing
Weekend. This year, that falls on Easter weekend.
This is a great opportunity for experienced anglers
to share their love of the sport with family and friends.
It's also a great opportunity to join the thousands of anglers who
have taken the Anglers' Legacy Pledge by visiting www.AnglersLegacy.org and entering partner code
FLFWC. Anglers' Legacy is about giving back what you've been
given, and making a promise to introduce somebody new to fishing.
There's no membership fee and no obligation - it's just another
great way to help spread the fun of one of America's most popular
traditions and share our fishing heritage with others.
The Get Outdoors Florida! coalition (www.GetOutdoorsFlorida.org) encourages
everyone, and especially children, to connect with nature by
getting outdoors and enjoying active, nature-based
recreation. Research conducted in 2009 by the Outdoor
Foundation emphasized that recreational fishing is the number-one
gateway activity that leads participants to increase their overall
involvement in outdoor activities. This is vitally important
as numerous diverse and extensive studies, such as those documented
by Richard Louv in his best-selling book "Last Child in the Woods,"
and expanded upon by the growing Children and Nature Network (www.ChildrenandNature.org), have demonstrated
that activities such as fishing can lead to happier, healthier and
So this weekend is your chance to get outdoors and
go fishing right here in the "Fishing Capital of the World," where
virtually everyone is within 45 minutes of a freshwater fishing
opportunity. No excuses! The weather predictions are looking
good, it is just after a full moon and spring stimulates fish to
congregate in shallow waters. The fishing should be great.
So, Get Outdoors Florida! and burn off some of those
chocolate-bunny calories with a free fishing adventure.
Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn about fishing
regulations in Florida.