Beginner’s Guide to Getting a Fishing License

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Beginner's Guide to Getting a Fishing License

Obtaining a fishing license is the first step before starting your fishing adventure. But rest assured, it’s not as daunting as it sounds. There’s no boating test, written exam, quiz about fish species, and no one looking over their shoulder to make sure you can bait a hook. It takes a simple purchase through your government agency and you are ready to hit the water. Here are the basics you need to get a fishing license.

Why get a fishing license?

Getting a fishing license is the angler’s way of giving back to the state and helping to protect resources. A percentage of license sales go into government conservation efforts, research, educational programs, and the maintenance of public recreational areas. It’s also illegal to fish without one. In some cases, children are exempt from tax, but the laws vary by state. Hence, it is important that you do your research.

How to get a fishing license

If you are wondering how to get a fishing license, you can easily purchase your license online through your government agency’s website. If you’re not sure where to look, visit our state page for details and information on all 50 states. After ordering, you may receive an email confirmation that can be used until your license is in the mail.

If you’d rather speak to someone in person, your local outdoor retailer can provide you with a license, or you can call your government agency to purchase your license over the phone.

Types of fishing licenses

There are several types of license options that you can choose from. If you’re visiting another state, consider the non-resident options. Most states offer 1-day, annual, family, and even lifetime licenses. When learning why you are getting a fishing license, you should also consider how often you plan to fish. A long term license is well worth the investment if you plan to fish frequently.

If you’ve already bought one online, you’re ready to fish! Check out our interactive map to see where to fish and go boating. Tight lines and good fishing!