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Hook, line, sinker: June 10 is ‘free fishing day’

To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced June 10 to be “free fishing day” throughout the state.

For that day, a license is not required to fish in the majority of the state’s public waters, the department said.

“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,” said Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship. “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.”

While fishing license requirements are waived for the free fishing day, those fishing for red snapper will still need a $10 Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement.

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.

For more info, go to www.outdooralabama.com

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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