N.C. Wildlife Commission reminds residents to purchase licenses; free fishing on July 4

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A fishing license is required to fish in North Carolina public waters. Photo by Christina Haley.
A fishing license is required to fish in North Carolina public waters. Photo by Christina Haley.

The water is warm and the fish are biting.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) would like to remind North Carolina residents to purchase or renew their fishing licenses.

Fishing licenses are required for those 16 years and older to fish in the state’s public waters, according to a report from the WRC.

WRC has several options available. For information about inland water fishing licenses click here. Information on licenses for coastal recreational fishing can be found here.

Fish for free on July 4

On Independence Day, anyone in North Carolina, both residents and non-residents, can fish in public waters for free, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege, according to the WRC.

The free day runs from 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. July 4 and includes any public body of water inland or in coastal waters.

While no fishing license is required on Independence Day, the WRC warns that all other fishing regulations, such as size, lure and limit restrictions still apply.