Funding from the sale of lifetime licenses are invested, creating an endowment to support conservation. This endowment ensures that Florida's natural resources are conserved today and for the future.
Expand All | Collapse All The Lifetime Gold Sportsman's License includes Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Saltwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Shook and Lobster permits. The Lifetime Hunting License includes a Hunting license ; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits.
Residents age 16 and older who have a valid Florida Driver's License or Identification Card with residency verified by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may purchase a lifetime license at county tax collectors' offices or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Learn more information about these DHS MV designations or provide proof of lifetime licensure at county tax collectors' offices.
If you think that Florida is all about Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center or Miami Beach, or the home of the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, think again. In fact, it is home to some interesting fishing spots like Long Key State Park, Destiny, Lake Okeechobee, and of course, Disney World itself.
If you are considering a vacation in sunny Florida and want to take part in its fishing adventures, you must know what expenses that entail this activity. The Floridafishinglicense price ranges $0 to $1,001.50 depending on some factors like age, residency, duration, among others.
Permits are required if you opt to catch controlled species. You may also opt to purchase annual Recreation Vessel fee for $2,000.50 for not-for-hire watercraft and the yearly pier license of $501.50.
If you are a resident and fishing as part of recreation only within the county where you live using a live bait and a simple fishing line without a line retrieval mechanism. When you are aboard a vessel which has a valid charter boat or captain license.
If you are a resident and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces but are not stationed in Florida and you are home on leave for 30days or less upon submission of orders. Proof of identification and a benefit issuance identification card issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Agency for Health Care Administration should always be ready for presentation when fishing.
Florida is well known for its great shoreline access to the Atlantic, and it also has inland freshwater bodies. Fishing is a major activity in the state, and you will need to have a license for regulatory purposes.
These licenses cover any fishing activity on the saltwater bodies, mainly the Florida ocean waters. License CostDescription No Cost Residents License $0.00 Florida residents are eligible for a no-cost fee when fishing from a structure attached to the shore or the shore itself.
Annual Freshwater/saltwater/hunting combinations for residents$48.00Residents get a reduced cost for saltwater, freshwater, and hunting privileges. 5- Year Gold sportsman’s License for residents$494.00The Gold Sportsman’s License covers freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and hunting.
Annual Gold Sportsman’s License for Residents$100.00They include the following permits: archery, Wildlife Management Area, turkey, deer, crossbow, lobster, Florida Waterfowl, shook, and Muzzle loading gun. Annual Gold Sportsman License For Military Residents$20.00Retired military members or active duty military residents have access to the Gold Sportsman privileges at a reduced cost.
Present a current military ID card and proof of residency to be eligible. Gold Sportsman’s License for Resident Youth $100.00This License gives youth Gold Sportsman’s privileges.
Persons with disabilities FishingLicense for Residents$0.00These licenses are valid for 2 to 5 years. Lionfish are also exempt from this License only when used with specific gear.
People with disabilities get a no-cost license, which lasts between 2 and 5 years. They cover freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, and hunting and the following permits, archery, Wildlife Management Area, turkey, deer, crossbow, lobster, Florida Waterfowl, shook, and Muzzle loading gun.
Special Considerations for Freshwater Fishing Licenses License CostDescription5-Year Resident FishingLicense $79.00 These licenses authorize you to harvest native and non-native fish from freshwater bodies. Annual Resident FishingLicense $17.00These licenses authorize you to harvest native and non-native fish from freshwater bodies. Non-Resident 3-day fishingLicense $17.00These licenses give non-residents the authority to fish for native and non-native fish in Florida ’s freshwater bodies.
It also includes permits for Archery, Wildlife Management Area, Florida Waterfowl, deer, turkey, and crossbow. You get a plastic card that grants you all the Gold Sportsman Privileges for a lifetime.
The License is charged on private ponds that have more than 20 acres in surface cover. You may need documents like your relevant ID and social security number when applying for a fishing license in Florida.
Does not cover fishing from a watercraft, fishing from a shoreline reached by watercraft, or fishing while swimming or diving. Three-day Saltwater License $17.00Seven-day License $30.00Annual License $47.00Annual Shook Permit$10.00Five-Year Shook Permit (Florida residents only)$50.00Annual Spiny Lobster Permit$5.00Five-Year Spiny Lobster Permit (Florida residents only)$25.00Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collector offices)$51.50Unless exempt from license requirements, permits are necessary for the take of Shook and Spiny Lobster. No exemptions except youth under age 16.$0.00Annual Shore-Based Shark Fishing Permit$0.00Annual Blue Crab Trap Registration$0.00Annual Stone Crab Trap Registration$0.00These new no-cost permits are available online only at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
Available for Florida residents who are active duty or retired military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve at county tax collectors’ offices with current military identification card or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com through an online verification process. Includes Saltwater Fishing license and Shook and Spiny Lobster Hermitage: 0–$4126.50Age: 5–$12226.50Age: 13 or older$301.50Includes Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses and Shook, Spiny Lobster, Management Area, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzle loading, Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl permits. Age: 0–$4401.50Age: 5–$12701.50Age: 13 or older$1,001.50 Saltwater fishing licenses can be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, at county tax collectors’ offices and license agents, or by calling toll-free 888-FISH- FLORIDA (347 – 4356). Active duty United States military personnel stationed in Florida, including spouses and dependent children residing in the household, with military orders.
Florida resident fishing within his or her county of residence with live or natural bait, using poles or lines not equipped with a fishing line retrieval mechanism. Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License holder.
Florida resident saltwater fishing from land or a structure fixed to land who has been determined eligible for the food stamp, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Family Services. Must have proof of identification and a benefit issuance or program identification card issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Agency for Health Care when fishing.
Charter Boat and Charter Captain licenses are available and required to carry paying customers (where a fee is paid directly or indirectly) to take, attempt to take, or possess saltwater fish or organisms. Governor Scott signed a proclamation authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a reduced cost.
The license currently costs up to $1,000, but from now through December 31, the price will be reduced by 25 percent for Florida residents who are 17 years old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits.
Connecticut, in the Northeast USA, is know for fishing along its lakes, streams, and coastal waterways including Long Island Sound! While Connecticut only has 20 miles of coastline, it is well-known for its excellent striped bass and bluefish fishing.
Travel to the inland waterways and you’ll find lakes, streams, and ponds stocked with trout, Arizona offers a huge amount of spectacular fishing opportunities.
You can find over 85 kinds of fish in Arizona waters, including small mouth and bigmouth bass, black and white crappie, some pike Famous for its rivers, solitary lakes, hot springs, caves, and forests, Arkansas is a great place for active leisure time.