February 28, 2015

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Receives Its Ninth Professional Accreditation -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lake Wales Medical Center Offers Help With Special Enrollment Period -

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lake Wales Police Charge Man With DUI -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lakeland Police Needs To Identify This Strong Arm Robbery Suspect -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Can you ID this Grand Theft Suspect In Lakeland -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lake Alfred Man Dies From Apparent Self-inflicted Gunshot -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 30-Minute-Or-Less E.R. Service Pledge from Lake Wales Medical Center -

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bone Valley’s Opening Weekend Was a Success -

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – FEBRUARY 24, 2015 -

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Update: Located Safe! Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Searching for Missing and Endangered Adult 80-Year-Old Luisito Rolon -

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wild & Crazy Weekend Event Turns Deadly At Triple Canopy Ranch -

Monday, February 23, 2015

23 Yr. Old Polk Woman Killed In 3 Car Accident This Morning -

Monday, February 23, 2015

POLK MUGSHOT OF THE DAY – FEBRUARY 23, 2015 -

Monday, February 23, 2015

COOKING ON THE RIDGE: Egg and Broccolini Sandwiches -

Monday, February 23, 2015

Our Children’s Academy Receives Grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation -

Monday, February 23, 2015

Missing Teen From Sebring Florida -

Monday, February 23, 2015

Alleged Child Porn Suspect Takes His Own Life -

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Get your fishing equipment ready

Get your fishing equipment ready for 2013 license-free days

With more than 3 million anglers in the state, it is likely you either know someone who fishes, or you are someone who fishes. Either way, Florida’s license-free fishing days are the perfect venue to try your hand or introduce a friend to some of the finest fishing in the world.

During its Feb. 13 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) selected Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, Sept. 1 as the 2013 saltwater license-free fishing days. On these days, the requirement to have a recreational fishing license is waived for Florida’s residents and visitors while they are saltwater fishing.

The FWC offers four license-free fishing days a year: two saltwater and two freshwater. While the Commission selects new saltwater license-free fishing days on an annual basis, freshwater license-free fishing days are set to the first Saturday in April and the second Saturday in June.

This year’s freshwater license-free fishing days are Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, June 8. Use these days to catch the big one and get rewarded for it. Sign up for an FWC freshwater angler recognition program in advance at www.TrophyCatchFlorida.com and you will be entered into a drawing for a Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury. If you catch, photograph and release a largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds, you’ll be eligible for great rewards or certificates for catching qualifying freshwater fish from among 33 exciting species in the program. The FWC will honor license-free freshwater fishing days as a legal exemption for fish caught on these dates.

To make these events accessible to as many people as possible, the FWC plans these dates around holiday weekends and national events.

This year’s June 1 saltwater and the June 8 freshwater license-free days are during National Fishing and Boating Week. Highlighted by significant national media coverage and public events, this week promotes boating and fishing across the country as fun and healthy outdoor activities. In 2012, 37 states had at least one license-free fishing day during this annual event.

The Sept. 1 saltwater license-free day falls on Labor Day weekend, when many families will be out on the water, enjoying one of the last big fishing weekends of summer. The ever-popular bay scallop season is also open to harvest on this date.

License-free days not only introduce new anglers to the lifetime sport of fishing, they also economically benefit the state as those 3 million anglers cited by the American Sportfishing Association’s “Sportfishing in America” report, shop at tackle stores, purchase boat fuel and bait and travel to their favorite fishing hole. Some of this money even finds its way back to the FWC via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program specifically to create more fishing and boating opportunities.

Go ahead and plan your fishing experience in advance. Ask friends to show you their favorite fishing spot. Get out the fishing poles for the kids (children under 16 are not required to have a fishing license year-round). Get ready to get into fishing in 2013.

But don’t forget, all other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply on these days. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn more about saltwater and freshwater fishing in Florida – from current regulations to fishing hotspots.

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