Free fishing day set for June 11

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On Saturday, June 11, Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 4-12.

Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for a day in both salt and fresh waters.

The fishing license exemption on Free Fishing Day does not affect some lakes that may still require fees and permits. Fishing in a private pond requires the pond owner’s permission. Anglers can visit to find a fishing spot nearest them.

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“Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for kids to get out and learn how fun and exciting fishing can be,” said Nick Nichols, Fisheries Section Chief for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. “The day also gives families a chance to do something together outdoors.”
The Escambia County public fishing lake, Leon Brooks Hines, will be a part of the state wide Free Fishing Day. Though a fishing license is not needed, a permit is still required. Permits are $3 for ages 12 and above.

The 184-acre lake is located in the Conecuh National Forest near the Florida border 23 miles east of Brewton off County 11 (Beaver Creek Road)

To contact Leon Brooks Hines call 251.809.0068.