Alabama’s Free Fishing Day Takes Place June 8

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2024

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On Saturday, June 8, Alabamians and out-of-state visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license. 

The opportunity means that fishing enthusiasts visiting local waterways and parks, like Sherling Lake, with fishing will not need to purchase a license to fish for the day. Any entry fee charged by the site will still apply.

“We sell a permit for people to be able to fish at Sherling Lake,” said park manager and Butler County Commissioner Jessie McWilliams. “It costs $4 per person. We don’t check any fishing licenses.”

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The event is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 1-9.

“Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has never experienced casting a line to give it a try,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). “Fishing provides many mental and physical health benefits as well as access to a sustainable, healthy source of protein. It’s also a great way for families to spend time together outdoors. We encourage anyone with an interest in fishing to take advantage of this outdoor recreation opportunity.”

Free Fishing Day takes place during Alabama’s red snapper season. While fishing license requirements are waived for Free Fishing Day, those fishing for red snapper will still need a $10 Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement. For more information, visit .

Alabama’s State Public Fishing Lakes still require a fishing permit on Free Fishing Day, and fishing in a private pond requires the pond owner’s permission. Some piers may also require fees and permits. Anglers looking for a new public fishing spot are encouraged to explore the fishing section of

ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Learn more at