Florida features license-free freshwater fishing this Saturday

Brock Bordeau caught this monster largemouth bass in a private lake in Naples just before he went to church on Easter morning. He released the bass unharmed after his father snapped this picture.

Brock Bordeau caught this monster largemouth bass in a private lake in Naples just before he went to church on Easter morning. He released the bass unharmed after his father snapped this picture.

Take advantage Saturday of a license-free freshwater fishing day in Florida.

People of all ages can cast their lines into any of the state’s 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals, according to a news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The FWC scheduled the first of four license-free recreational fishing days on this weekend because it coincides with a productive freshwater fishing period, when the weather is usually pleasant. Many of Florida’s recreational sport fishes, such as black bass, bluegill and sunfish, move into the shallows to spawn during spring, making them more available for anglers to catch.

The FWC also made June 8 as the second license-free freshwater fishing day, and Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, Sept. 1, as license-free saltwater fishing days.

All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates.

■ For freshwater fishing tips, locations and rules, go online to myfwc.com/fishing

■ Watch a video on freshwater-license-free fishing at youtu.be/V6pZBfh7G0w

■ See local "Catch of the Day" photo galleries at naplesnews.com/photos/galleries/sets/catch-day/

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