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Reading Time: 5minutes Fishing is such an important part of life in the Sunshine State that you’ll find it hard not to pick up a rod while you’re here. Most residents and visitors to Florida need to purchase a fishing license before they cast a line.
Our advice is to purchase both a salt and a freshwater license if you’re planning to catch a variety of fish. If you catch a fish you’re not covered for, make sure to release it immediately.
The good news for visitors to Florida is that saltwater fishing charters cover licensing for everyone on board, so you can just sit back and enjoy your time on the water. Fish with a guide in freshwater, however, and you’ll still need to purchase your own license.
Military personnel from Florida can fish for free if they’re visiting home for up to a month. Florida's residents receiving benefits or food stamps can do land-based saltwater fishing without a license.
Anyone whose eligible to fish without a license should make sure to bring proof to show the Coast Guard. The price of a Florida license depends on whether you’re a Florida resident or if you’re visiting from out of state.
License President CostNonresident Cost 3-Day Freshwater N/A$17 7-Day Freshwater N/A$30 Annual Freshwater $$1747 5-Year Freshwater $79N/A 3-Day Saltwater N/A$17 7-Day Saltwater N/A$30 Annual Saltwater $$1747 5-Year Saltwater $79N/A Annual Freshwater/Saltwater Combo $32.50N/ATO count as a Florida resident for fishing purposes, you should either have declared Florida as your only state of residence or be a member of the US Armed Forces who is stationed in Florida. Apart from a small processing fee, all the money you spend goes to the Florida Wildlife Commission (FCC).
You can catch most fish with a regular salt or freshwater license (as long as they’re legal to target). However, there are three species that need an additional tag or permit in Florida.
Anglers in private boats also need a free permit to fish for popular reef species like Snappers and Groupers. You can buy a Florida license online or at a number of registered retailers.
These include Walmart, tax collector’s offices, and registered bait and tackle shops. That said, many people find the added convenience of getting licensed in Walmart, online, or at your local tackle shop is worth the small additional fee that these places charge.
Unlike some states, annual fishing licenses in Florida are valid for 12 months from the date they were issued. You’ll always know whether you’re still covered, as the expiration date will be printed on the license itself.
You can fish Georgia's sections of the St Mary’s River and Lake Seminole with an FL license. Senior Florida residents don’t need a license to fish or to harvest Shook and Lobster.
Importantly, you must carry proof of age and address at all times while fishing. The only exception is military personnel stationed in Florida, who count as residents for licensing purposes.
Foreign nationals can buy the standard non-resident fishing licenses, just like Americans from other states. All individuals 16 years old and over are required to have their own recreational licenses.
Expand All | Collapse All Required to take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams, marine plants or other saltwater organisms (other than non-living seashells and lionfish with certain gear). A Floridafishinglicense is required to land saltwater species in Florida regardless of where they are caught (state or federal waters).
Valid for saltwater fishing from the shoreline or a structure affixed to shore. Saltwater fishing license combined with freshwater fishing and/or hunting license (s) for a reduced-cost to Florida residents.
Includes Saltwater Fishing, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Shook and Lobster permits. Includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Shook and Lobster permits.
Available to Florida residents who are active duty or retired military members at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com through an online verification process. The license is also available at Florida tax collectors' offices with proof of residency and a current military identification card.
Resident Youth Saltwater Fishing License : $17.00 Resident Youth Gold Sportsman's License (available with completion of hunter education requirements): $100.00 For more information, please read about the State Reef Fish Survey.
Required, in addition to a saltwater fishing license, when landing tarpon. For your convenience, our website provides links to internet sites maintained by other organizations.
Once you have accessed a linked website, you are subject to the terms set forth by that new site. The Lee County Tax Collector is not responsible for the information, products and/or services on the site you are about to view.
Non-residents who are 16 years of age or older are required to have Florida licenses and permits participating in hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing. A saltwater fishing license is required to attempt to take any native or nonnative marine organisms, such as crabs, lobsters, and marine plants.
Visitors who are listed on the National Saltwater Angler Registry are still required to have a Florida recreational saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the exempted groups listed. Non-residents using beach or haul seines for recreational purposes are required to have a commercial saltwater products license.
A fishpond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters. That license is not a disability accommodation but economic accommodation for the segment of Florida's disabled population who may not be able to afford to pay for the license.
We are strongly encouraging our taxpayers and customers to conduct any Tax Collector business transactions including purchasing licenses and permits using the button Fishing Licenses located to the right under Online Options to access the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website instead of visiting our Public Service Office in person. Licenses and permits are issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC).
They can be bought at the FCC website, at the Tax Collector's office, places such as sporting goods stores or hunting and fishing equipment retailers, or by calling 1-888-486-8356.