Fishing License 101
Okay, it’s not the sexiest topic… but, the first step to catching the biggest fish of your life starts with a very necessary, slightly boring, little piece of paper.
Yep, we’re talking about a fishing license.
Every state has its own laws and regulations to protect the local fish population and natural resources.
And in the state of Texas, you have to have a fishing license to catch fish, clams, crayfish, mussels, and any other aquatic life.
Here’s every question we've recently been asked about fishing licenses:
Do I need a fishing license for offshore fishing?
You have to have a fishing license to fish offshore just like you do onshore. There is an All-waters license that is a one size fits all license that allows you to fish all waters. We’re talking lakes, ponds, streams…you name it.
Once I get a fishing license, how long is it good for?
The standard fishing license is good for one year and the state starts issuing them after August 31st. There are also daily and weekly fishing licenses available.
What if I am coming out of state?
You will need to get a non-resident fishing license. You can get an out-of-state fishing license that gives you the same fishing privileges as an in-state or residential license.
What about a fishing license to fish federal waters?
Good news! You don’t need a fishing license to fish federal waters.
Where can I get my fishing license?
You can get a fishing license at more than 1,500 retailers throughout Texas, including sporting goods stores, gun shops, and some grocery stores - including Walmart. You can also secure a fishing license online.
What do I need to get a fishing license?
The only required documentation to get a fishing license in Texas is a valid driver’s license.
How much does it cost to get a fishing license?
There are a few different fishing licenses to choose from, here are the prices for the different types of licenses and packages according to the Texas Park and Wildlife website:
Residents 17-64 years old
Fishing package for 1 day in all waters $ 11
General hunting $ 25
Freshwater Fishing Package $ 30
Saltwater Fishing Package $ 35
All waters fishing package $ 40
Fishing in all waters 1 year after purchase $ 47
Non-residents 17-64 years old
Fishing for a day in all waters $ 16
5-day "special" hunt (small animals) $ 48
Freshwater Fishing Package $ 58
Saltwater Fishing Package $ 63
Fishing package in all waters $ 68
Residents 65 years+
Freshwater Fishing Package $ 12
Freshwater hunting and fishing combo $ 16
Saltwater Fishing Package $ 17
Saltwater Hunting and Fishing Combo $ 21
Fishing package in all waters $ 22
Do I have to report anything that I am catching?
Not usually, but you might be asked when you renew your yearly fishing license to report your previous catches. Again, the state uses this information for researching and protecting fish populations.
What’s the point of having a fishing license?
All of the funds from the Texas’s fishing license go towards researching, habitat preservation, hatcheries, wildlife management and conservation efforts.
What age do you have to be to get a license?
If you’re 17 and older, you’ll need a fishing license. Although anyone 65 and older can get a discount on their fishing license.
What happens if you fish without a fishing license?
Fishing without a fishing license is illegal. Therefore, you get fined. Also, if you’re a true sportsman then you’ll want to pay the fee because 100% of it goes to conservation. So just do it.
Can you get your fishing license from us?
We do not distribute any fishing licenses on our offshore charter. You will need to grab your fishing license before your trip.
And don’t worry, once you board The Megabite, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is pulling in the most exciting catch of your life!
I warned you it wasn’t going to be a sexy topic, but… getting your fishing license is totally worth it.
And, just because we love to make things as easy as possible… Here's the link to purchasing your fishing license online through Texas Parks and Wildlife!
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