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Alabama’s annual Free Fishing Day taking place on Saturday

Alabama’s annual Free Fishing Day, set for this Saturday, June 8 is almost here.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wants to remind both Alabamians and visitors to the state of its rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water filled with almost 360 different species of fish.

“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 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.

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 www.outdooralabama.com.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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