Press Release

Press Release

RALEIGH — This Independence Day, anyone in North Carolina, regardless of age, will be able to fish for free.

Free Fishing Day, which runs from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 4, offers residents and out-of-state visitors the opportunity to fish without having to purchase a license; however, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions.

North Carolina’s annual free fishing day was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 and sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. It always falls on the July Fourth holiday.

“Free Fishing Day was created to promote the sport of fishing and is a great opportunity for families to try a new outdoor activity,” said Christian Waters, the agency’s chief of the Inland Fisheries Division. “Fishing is relatively inexpensive recreational sport that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy. It’s an excellent way to enjoy quality time together in a relaxing setting on the water.”

Waters added that the Commission’s website, ncwildlife.org, is a value resource for tips about where and what to fish, and the state’s Tackle Loaner Program.

“The interactive fishing and boating maps on the agency’s website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free, that are open to the public. Also, to give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state. Stocking information can also be found on the website.”

Anglers should remember that boating areas likely will be crowded over the busy holiday weekend. Wildlife officials urge boaters to be patient, courteous and follow the boating etiquette tips below:

  • Be patient and remain calm until an open parking space is available.
  • Wait your turn in the launch line. Don’t block or cut off others.
  • Park your vehicle and trailer while someone moves the boat away from the ramp.
  • Recruit someone to move the boat away from the ramp while you retrieve your vehicle and trailer.
  • Observe no-wake zones and be cautious.

While anyone can fish for free on July 4, a fishing license is required for people age 16 and older on all other days of the year. This includes both public and coastal waters in North Carolina. Purchasing a license online is quick and easy. Other ways to purchase a license are:

  • Call the Commission at 888-248-6834. Current hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Visit a local Wildlife Service Agent. 
  • For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the agency’s fishing webpage.

STATESVILLE — Carolina Farm Credit is now accepting applications for the 13th year of the Ag Biz Planner program and the 6th year of the Ag Biz Basics program.

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Partnership for Children was the recipient of a Pee Dee Electric Care to Share Grant.

RALEIGH — Foxes are known to be sly, but that doesn’t necessary mean not seen. It’s breeding season and young foxes, called kits or pups, and their parents are spending more time outside of the den, making sightings more likely.

RALEIGH — North Carolinians vaccinated by the Veterans Administration and through the Tribal Health Program are now eligible for the $4 Million Summer Cash and College Tuition drawings announced last week by Gov. Roy Cooper to motivate people to get vaccinated as soon as they can — and thank those who already have. 

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Century Farm Program is looking for farms that have been in continuous family ownership for 100 years or more to join the nearly 2,000 farms in the program. The program exists to honor farms for their longstanding contributions to North Carolina’s rich agricultural heritage.

WADESBORO — Pee Dee Electric CEO and Executive Vice President Donald Spivey has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

RALEIGH — There is increasing urgency for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the more dangerous new Delta variant is rapidly spreading in the United States, including in North Carolina.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions Program has announced a change to income requirements that will increase the number of applicants eligible for emergency rent and utility assistance.

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the state is expanding availability of its at-home COVID-19 test collection. Any North Carolina resident may receive a Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit that is shipped overnight directly to their homes at no cost. Tests can be used on people age 2 and up.

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