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Free fishing day set for July 4

Posted on June 27, 2021

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Independence Day in North Carolina means fishing for free.

Everyone, regardless of age or residency, will be able to fish in state-controlled waterways without a license on July 4. 

Free Fishing Day, which runs from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, offers residents and out-of-state visitors the opportunity to fish without having to purchase a license; however, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions.

Except for July 4, a license is required to fish in any inland or coastal waters except for private ponds.

North Carolina’s annual Free Fishing Day was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 and sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. It always falls on the July 4 holiday.

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