RALEIGH – Recreational fishing will be available to all on July 4, 2015. From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, from mountain trout waters to coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. “The Wildlife Commission offers a free fishing day to show novice anglers how much fun fishing can be and to remind lapsed anglers how much fun they’ve been missing,” said Robert Curry, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “It’s a great opportunity for anglers of all ages and abilities to experience the incredible fishing that North Carolina has to offer.”
The no-license, no-fee holiday is an annual opportunity to attract citizens to fishing and give out-of-state tourists a chance to fish in North Carolina without any red tape. “The free fishing day is a wonderful opportunity for citizens of North Carolina and tourists to experience the great natural resources of our state,” said Brian White, District 1 Wildlife Resources Commissioner from Manteo, NC.
Although no fishing license is required to fish on July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply. For more information on where to fish and the limitations on what to catch, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.