Are you thinking of fishing in Florida's fresh waters? Getting a Florida fishing license or permit hasn't changed much over the years. The prices for obtaining a Florida freshwater fishing license or permit vary in price. The FL freshwater fishing licenses and permits range from three days to lifetime licenses.
Florida freshwater fishes are divided into game fish that have specific bag and length limits and may only be taken with pole-and-line or rod-and-reel, and nongame fish, which are all others. A license is required to take nongame fish, but additional gear types are allowed. Non-native fish are those that do not occur in Florida naturally; most should be harvested and never released. Exceptions are peacock bass, which is a game fish, and triploid grass carp, which are stocked for vegetation control. Where applicable, state record () weights and the Big Catch () qualifying length or weight for adults are provided. See for more details including youth qualifying sizes, slams, specialist, master, elite angler and the TrophyCatch citizen-science rewards program.
Note, you will not receive your license for 30 days, but you will be given a temporary license number (TAN). Keep a copy of your TAN if you plan to fish before you receive your license in the mail. Please if you are interested in a lifetime fishing license. Remember that even though you have your Florida freshwater fishing license, there are still restrictions you must comply with. You should know what kind of bait and equipment you are allowed to use as well any species you are not permitted to catch.
This information relates to Florida freshwater fishing only. Recreational licenses and permits for residents and nonresidents are available at county tax collectors’ offices. In addition, you can buy them from subagents– like sporting goods stores, Walmart, or other retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment. All license, permit and issuance fees are subject to change by the Florida legislature (i.e the prices listed below may change).