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When Do You Need a Fishing License?

Most likely, you will need a fishing license of some type no matter what state you are in. The type of fishing license can vary, however.

If you have got a saltwater license, that doesn’t give you permission to fish in freshwater lakes and streams, and vice versa. In Maine, by way of example, you should apply for a freshwater license. If you want to fish offshore, you can add it to your license and have to pay accordingly.

Some states combine all kinds of fishing into one license. In some other states like California, you are not required to purchase a fishing license if you are fishing on a public pier. Moreover, some states require trout cards to catch trout, or there might be other more specific ones.

Louisiana has some specific regulations about the kinds of equipment that you can use on fish, crawdads or any other species. Meanwhile, in Michigan, a fishing license even allows you to take amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles.

Some states have different licenses for different people. For example, licenses for minors are at a discounted rate or sometimes free. Veterans, seniors, the disabled and other groups might be able to get discounted or free licenses.

Additionally, if you are accompanying a child, teaching them to fish, but you are not fishing, then some states require you only to buy a license for the child.

Residents of a state often have a discount. So, make sure you are buying the right license. A lifetime fishing license is more expensive at the outset but pays for itself after several years.

This blog is all about answering all the burning questions related to fishing license in the United State. I hope this will help let you know some more info. So without further introduction, let’s get on the quick discussion, shall we!

Do you need a fishing license for every state?

Yup, you need a fishing license for every state. Every state has its own rules and regulations. For the welfare of the fishing scenario of that very state, to promote the fisheries and to keep the water healthy the state wants a fee from you. However, a license from one state is not valid in another state. If you visit any new state, you will find a visitor fishing license with specific terms and regulations.

Please note that some states share the same waterbody. In that case, those state shares there fishing state. For example, if you have a saltwater fishing license in Virginia, it will be honored in Maryland.

Do you need a fishing license on private properties?

Nope, you don’t. If it’s a water body one someone’s private land, the state doesn’t require any fishing license. The landlord can only permit you whether you fishing or not in his/her property.

But yeah, most of the time you have to pay a fee and needless to say that you should be gentle and abide all the rules given!

Do you need a fishing license for catch and release?

Yes, you do need a license for even a catch and release. A fishing license is a must whenever you’re using the water of the state. Many states even do require a license just to catch the fish and put them back in the water. You’re using the land and water, so you have to pay for a license for that!

Do senior citizen needs a fishing license?

If someone is aged 65 or older than that, he/she does not need a fishing license. thanks to the authority that, people of 65 and older than that are considered as a senior citizen of the country, they can fish with any fishing or hunting license. The age may vary from 62-65, state to state.

This question leads us to another frequently asked question that, does my kid requires a fishing license? In most case, no kids don’t need any of em. The kids of 16 or under 16 are permitted to fish without a license with their parent’s concern.

How many types of fishing licenses are there?

Fishing licenses can be categorized under different criterion. In common for every state, you will find resident and non-resident fishing licenses, you will find separate licenses for saltwater and freshwater. There is also a difference between a commercial purpose and recreational purpose fishing licenses. So that can be considered as a major type. A saltwater+freshwater license is often considered as a combo. Depending on the time limit or validity of the license, the price differs.

So, the best way to know the type is by visiting the official website and see their criteria.

How to get a fishing license?

Fishing licenses are super easy to get. Just check out the official website of your state and follow the instructions. You can easily get them selected government buildings or shops. Physically you can even buy fishing licenses from Walmart. Usually, these places will ask for some photo ID and proof of residency.

Nowadays fishing licenses can be easily bought from online. Most of the state has an online system for buying licenses. And lemme tell you, folks, online is the best way to buy a fishing license. One of the benefits of the online fishing license is that it is easy to print out a new one if you lose yours.

Nicholi Wyto

Hey I'm Nicholi Wyto is a professional sports fisherman and hunter, love to enjoy spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. I love to explore my experience and help others who are interested in fishing and hunting.

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