WASHINGTON - JUNE 05: Janille Taylor of Washington, DC casts her line during the "Fishing on the Mall," event to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week June 5, 2006 in Washington DC. More than 300 youngsters from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia fished for bluegill, largemouth bass and yellow perch in the Constitution Gardens pond on the National Mall. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Just like in years past “Free Fishing Day” will be July 4 in North Carolina. Free Fishing Day is the one day a year that North Carolinians as well as out-of-state visitors are able to fish without having to purchase a license. You are able to fish in all public waters. “Free Fishing Day was created to promote the sport of fishing and is a great opportunity for families to try a new outdoor activity,” according to Christian Waters, chief of the Inland Fisheries Division of N.C. General Assembly. The day was first established in 1994 and most often falls on July 4th.

If you plan on fishing on the Forth of July keep in mind that places will be extra crowded due to the holiday weekend. Plan to get to your destination early and be mindful of those around you.

Outside of July 4th, a fishing license to fish is required for anyone age 16 and older. Get more info on when and where you can fish at NCwildlife.org. Interested in purchasing a license? Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at 888-248-6834 or visit a local Wildlife Service Agent.