The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free on July 4.
From 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in Moore County and the state — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege.
Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions.
Although the permit is free, you will need to bring your own gear. Do a bit of research before picking your rod and reel. There is plenty of information out there. This article, The Best Spinning Reels For Your Money, will help get you started.
To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas.
Started in 1994, free fishing day is an annual tradition, sponsored by the Commission and authorized by the N.C. General Assembly. It always falls on July 4.
On all other days of the year, a fishing license is not required for anglers 15 years and younger, but anyone age 16 and older must have a fishing license to fish in any public water in North Carolina, including coastal waters. Purchasing a license online is quick and easy. Other ways to purchase a license are:
Call the Commission at 1-888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo credit: Melissa McGaw/NCWRC