Official or not, summer is here, and that means folks are getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful natural resources we're blessed to have here in Texas.

Saturday, June 5 will be the perfect day to start your outdoor summer adventures because you can fish any public body of water in the Lone Star State without a fishing license.

Free Fishing Day in Texas falls on the first Saturday of June each year. It's an opportunity for you to try fishing for the first time, or share your love of angling with friends and family who haven't been fishing before or haven't cast a line in many years.

Keep in mind that there are some rules that still apply. You absolutely cannot fish on someone's private property without their permission. That's the big one.

(NOTE: Due to recent rains and the high waters on Lake Belton, the City of Morgan's Point has postponed a planned Kids Fish Day planned for June 5. However, you can still take your children fishing at any public waterway in Texas in celebration of Free Fishing Day.)

If you visit a park at your local lake, make sure you obey any park rules, including any COVID-19 protocols that might still be in place.

Finally, please make sure to help keep our lakes, streams, creeks, and ponds looking clean and beautiful by taking your garbage with you and disposing of it responsibly.

If you're going to be fishing out on a boat, be sure everyone's wearing a life vest and that you leave a float plan with someone on shore in case something happens. Be sure to obey any signals or warnings from game wardens as well.

Free Fishing Day is all about having fun, so load up the tackle box, grab the rods and reels, and get out on the water!

If you try fishing and find that you love it, consider purchasing a fishing license. 100% of license fees go to funding fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, land conservation, and programs aimed at keeping Texas' outdoor resources flourishing.

You can also fish without a license any time of the year if you're a visitor to one of Texas' state parks.

Good luck out there, anglers!

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