Alabama Sets Free Fishing Day for June 13

Alabama Sets Free Fishing Day for June 13

By Zach Hester, Reporter • (National Park Service | Neal Herbert)

ALABAMA — Alabamians and out-of-state visitors will have the chance to fish for free in most public waters on Saturday, June 13. 

Free Fishing Day, which is a part of National Fishing and Boating Week, allows fishing in the State of Alabama without the purchase of a fishing license. However, state public fishing lakes still require the permit on Free Fishing Day and fishing on private property still requires permission from the owner.

In a release from Outdoor Alabama, Chris Blankenship, the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) stated, “This is the perfect opportunity for non-anglers to test the fishing waters and to remind former anglers of all the fun they’ve been missing. It’s also a day for kids to learn how fun and exciting fishing is, while giving families a chance to do something together outdoors.”

ADCNR advises that participants in Free Fishing Day observe the state's current health order and practice social distancing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information on Free Fishing Day or ADCNR, please visit

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