RALEIGH, N.C. — Independence Day means free fishing in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
All day long on July 4th, anglers who are both from the state and from out of state can fish without a license in North Carolina waters.
Authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly and started in 1994, the state’s annual free fishing day always falls on July 4.
Anglers don’t need a license, but must obey other state fishing rules such as size of fish caught and restrictions on lures.
“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.”
Normally, anyone 16 and older must have a fishing license from the state Wildlife Resources Commission.
Schools, ABC stores and a large number of government-operated services are closed on July 4th in North Carolina.