Free fishing day is June 11

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Alabamians and out-of-state visitors will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters, including freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents alike to enjoy the exceptional fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license. The event is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs from June 4-12.

“This is the perfect opportunity for non-fishermen to test the fishing waters and remind former anglers of all the fun they’ve been missing out on,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship. of Alabama (ADCNR). “It’s also a day where kids learn how fun and exciting fishing is, while giving families the chance to do something outdoors together.”

To celebrate Free Fish Day, ADCNR and Academy Sports + Outdoors are hosting a Go Fish, Alabama! event June 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at Gateway Park, 3800 Davenport Dr., Montgomery. The event is free. All necessary bait, equipment and tackle will be provided. Learn more at

The free fishing day also takes place during Alabama red snapper season. Although fishing license requirements will be waived for the free fishing day, those fishing for red snapper will still need a $10 Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement and free saltwater angler registration. . For more information visit

Additionally, public fishing lakes in the state still require a fishing license on free-fishing day, and fishing in a private pond requires permission from the owner of the pond. Some piers may also require fees and permits. Anglers looking for a new public fishing spot are encouraged to explore the fishing section of

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, Lands State and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit