Fishing Licenses – USA States Overview [2020 Update]

Almost all US State's have their own fishing licenses, so it can be very confusing about whether you need one, and for what particular species, and how much it costs.

We have attempted to put together a comprehensive overview of all of the individual state's fishing licenses and their prices.

Fishing requires particular equipment, such as rods and reels, but a fishing license is an absolutely critical requirement.

The state's are frequently updating their requirements and prices - so please go through to the individual websites to find the latest information. We try to update this as often as possibly, but we can't guarantee this is the latest information.

This is a constantly changing landscape, so if you notice an error please leave a comment at the end so that everyone is aware and we will strive to update it as quickly as possible.

United States Fishing Licenses Overview - All States

State

License

Price

Website

Alabama

Annual Freshwater Fishing Resident

$13.85

Alaska

Annual Sport Fishing License Resident

$29.00

Arizona

Annual General Fishing License Resident

$37.00

Arkansas

Resident Fisheries Conservation License

$10.50

California

Annual Resident Sport Fishing

$51.02

Colorado

Annual Fishing License Resident

$34.75

Connecticut

Calendar Year Resident All Waters Fishing

$28.00

Delaware

Resident Fishing License

$10.00

Florida

Saltwater Fishing License Resident

Freshwater Fishing License Resident

$17.00



$17.00

Georgia

Fishing License Resident

$15.00

Hawaii

Freshwater Fishing License Resident

$6.00

Idaho

Adult Fishing License

$30.50

Illinois

Resident Fishing License

$15.00

Indiana

Annual Fishing License Resident

$17.00

Iowa

Resident Fishing License

$22.00

Kansas

Resident Fishing License

$27.50

Kentucky

Annual Fishing License Resident

$23.00

Louisiana

Basic Fishing License Resident

$9.50

Maine

Season Fishing License Resident

$25.00

Maryland

Annual Non-Tidal/Freshwater Fishing License

$20.50

Massachusetts

Resident freshwater fishing license

$27.50

Michigan

Resident Fishing License Annual - All Species

$26.00

Minnesota

Resident Annual Fishing License

$26.00

Mississippi

Resident Freshwater Fishing License

$12.29

Missouri

Fishing Permit

$12.00

Montana

Resident Fishing License

$15.00

Nebraska

Annual Fishing License Resident

$38.00

Nevada

Adult Fishing License Resident

$40.00

New Hampshire

Freshwater Fishing License Resident

$45.00

New Jersey

Resident Fishing License

$22.50

New Mexico

Annual Angling License Resident

$25.00

New York

Annual General Fishing License Resident

$25.00

North Carolina

Annual Coastal Recreation Fishing License Resident

$16.00

North Dakota

Fishing License Resident

$18.00

Ohio

Fishing License 1-Year

$25.00

Oklahoma

Annual Fishing License Resident

$25.00

Oregon

Annual Angling License Resident

$44.00

Pennsylvania

Resident Fishing License

$22.90

Rhode Island

Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Resident

$18.00

South Carolina

Freshwater Fishing License Resident

$10.00

South Dakota

Resident Annual Fishing License

$28.00

Tennessee

Annual Fishing and Hunting Combination License Resident

$34.00

Resident Freshwater Fishing License

Resident Saltwater Fishing License

$30.00



$35.00

Utah

1-Year Fishing License Resident

$16.00

Vermont

Resident Fishing License

$28.00

Virginia

Resident Freshwater/Saltwater Fishing License

$39.50

Washington

Freshwater Fishing License

$29.50

West Virginia

Resident Fishing License

$19.00

Wisconsin

Annual Fishing License

$20.00

Wyoming

Resident Annual Fishing License

$27.00

Conclusion

This information is constantly updating, so we are bound to get out-of-date information as individual state's change their pricing. If you notice an error please leave us a comment below and we will strive to update it as soon as we can.

Please let us know if you have any successful fishing trips in any of these stats.

Happy fishing!

Russ Egan
 

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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