July 4 is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. A fishing license will not be required for anyone fishing on July 4, 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m., regardless of age.

This applies to both residents and state visitors. Anglers must follow North Carolina fishing regulations, including length and daily possession limits and bait and tackle restrictions.

If you need equipment, The Tackle Loaner Program of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission allows folks to borrow rods, reels and other fishing gear free of charge.

Tackle can be checked out similar to how your library works, and is available at the Ashe Park Pond Office of Ashe County Parks & Recreation, and at Buckeye Recreation Center through Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation.

Learn more online at ncwildlife.org.