Before heading out on the water, one of the most essential items for an angler to have is a fishing license. Check out these helpful facts about obtaining fishing licenses, as well as the sorts of licenses available and things to consider before purchasing.
- You can buy a fishing license online, by mail, or in person.
- There are different types of licenses (e.g. resident, nonresident, saltwater, freshwater, or a combination of both).
- License validity can vary from one day, seven days, 30 days, or one year, and more, depending on which state you’re in.
- If you’ve never fished before and want to give it a try before purchasing a license, look for any free fishing days in your state. Free fishing days allow beginners to experience the fun of fishing without having to buy one.
- Some states, such as Florida, provide a toll-free number – 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356) so you may buy your fishing license over the phone. This makes buying a license from anywhere at any time possible. The only disadvantage is that there may be an additional fee for purchasing a license over the phone. You can check with your state agency to see if any surcharges apply.
- The type of license you need depends on the state where you will be fishing, the type of fish you will be catching, and your age. Although many states do not require a fishing license for persons under the age of 16, check your state’s fishing rules or laws to be sure. Licenses are not refundable or transferable.
- You can print a temporary license if you buy it online. Some states offer discounts for seniors, veterans, and disabled persons.
- Check to see if your state has an app to have your license on your phone. Be advised you may need a hard copy if you are outside of phone service. The FishVerify app makes it easy to securely store your fishing licenses, permits, boat insurance, and more all in one place. Receive expiration notifications, and have all important information at your fingertips.
- You can buy a fishing license online through the Fish & Wildlife Department website of each state. You can also buy a fishing license in person at any Fish & Wildlife Office or outdoor retailer located in your area.
- When you buy your license, make sure to inquire with your state’s department of fisheries about whether any more stamps or additional licenses are required to fish for or keep particular species. In Tennessee, for example, a supplementary license is required to fish for trout, whereas if you want to keep snook and certain other species in Florida, you must purchase a stamp.
Now that you know what things to consider when buying your fishing license, be sure to check the regulations for the state where you will be fishing.
Get out there and enjoy some great fishing!