A fishing license, also known as a fishing permit, is an administrative and legal mechanism that governs the process of fishing. Depending on the jurisdiction, fishing licenses are required for recreational fishing or commercial fishing. A fishing license is a good idea for any recreational angler, and many people do not bother with one. Here are some reasons why you should consider getting one:
Purchasing a fishing license fuels conservation. 100% of the money you spend on a fishing license benefits the Bureau of Natural Resources. Fishing license funds DEEP programs such as trout rearing, purchase of fish, and access to fishing. It also helps monitor resident and migratory fish populations. Fishing licenses can be purchased three weeks before the date of fishing. Some licenses can be used for multiple types of fishing, too.
A recreational fishing license can be obtained for several types of fishing. Coastal recreation fishing licenses allow anglers to take finfish in Coastal Fishing Waters. Joint water licenses are managed by the Wildlife Resources and Marine Fisheries commissions. For recreational fishing, you need a CRFL, an inland fishing license, or both. Generally, you can purchase these licenses from any license agent throughout the state, except for the Blanket License.
A fishing license can be purchased online or at an authorized issuing agent. They are valid for one year from the date of purchase and will expire on December 31 of the year on the license. The purchase is final. If you’re younger than 16 or over 65, you don’t need a license. If you’re not, it’s best to purchase a gift voucher. These can be a great way to show someone you care.