Florida offers anglers year round fishing, abundant locations and a huge diversity of fishes, both freshwater and saltwater. But anglers must have the appropriate fishing license in order to legally take part in any of these fishing opportunities.
Florida freshwater fishing licenses are available in many locations through out the state. Anglers can buy them at tackle shops, sports retailers, on the internet by visiting https://www4.wildlifelicense.com/fl/start.php or by calling (888) 347-4356, but the most inexpensive location to purchase a Florida Freshwater Fishing License is at the local tax collectors office.
Who needs a fishing license in Florida? Florida law requires anglers from 16 through 65 to purchase and carry a fishing license if they are freshwater fishing throughout the state, whether they are residents of Florida or not. Anglers under 16 years of age and over 65 years of age, or anglers who are fishing with a cane pole in the county where they are legal residents are not required to buy a Florida Fishing License. There are situations on Florida waters where the angler may need both a Freshwater Fishing License and a Saltwater Fishing License. Also, not everyone aboard a boat needs to have a fishing license. Fishing licenses are only needed for those who are actually fishing, but non-anglers can not help with any aspect of fishing, such as netting fish.
Residents of Florida have several fishing licenses to choose from. But, the first step in determining what license an angler may need is to determine if they are a resident or not. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a resident of Florida is an individual who has resided in the state of Florida for six consecutive months prior to applying for the fishing license and Florida is claimed as their state of residence. Also, all active military personnel that are stationed in Florida, as well as their spouse and children of the household, are considered residents of Florida. The fishing licenses that these residents can choose from include a 12-month Freshwater Fishing License, an Annual Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, an Annual Combination Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing License, an Annual Combination Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Saltwater Fishing License, a Sportsman’s License, a Gold Sportsman’s License and an Annual Military Gold Sportsman’s License.
Non-residents of Florida are all other anglers who can not be considered a resident of Florida. These anglers can choose from a 3-Day Freshwater Fishing License, a 7-Day Freshwater Fishing License and a 12-Month Freshwater Fishing License.