Do I need a Fishing License to Fish in Florida?
Unless you fall into an exemption, whether you are a FL resident or a visitor, and whether you are actively or passively fishing (meaning if you attempt to take fish or if you even help or assist in the take, even setting bait on hooks for others) you are required to have a valid fishing license on you whenever you are fishing in FL.
There are many exemptions (and you can find them neatly listed at “myfwc.com/”) but among the most common are:
Resident children (under 16); Resident Seniors (over 65); Anyone fishing on a for-hire vessel, meaning either a guide, charter or party boat, which has a valid vessel license ; and Those who are recreationally fishing off of a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
The type of license that you need will depend upon the type of fishing that you do, but, as a general rule, you need the appropriate type license to keep your catch (a saltwater fishing license for saltwater and a freshwater fishing license for freshwater fishing) and if you catch a fish that you are not licensed to catch then you must immediately release any such species.
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