Fishing in Florida is as easy as casting a line, right? Yes and no.
Many don’t know this, but a Florida fishing license is required whether you’re fishing from shore or a boat. There are different licenses needed when fishing in saltwater and freshwater, and special permits for certain species.
That’s not to deter you from fishing of course! The regulations are in place in order to protect our waters and unique marine life here in Florida. Here’s what you need to know in order to keep the FUN in fishing…
Florida Fishing Licenses
Visitors and residents can purchase fishing and hunting licenses through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC website offers different package combinations for multiple licenses and special discounts for military and seniors.
Yes, even if you are just visiting SWFL for a few days, you still need a license to fish unless you are fishing from a licensed pier or on a fishing charter. Check the FWC website for more information and to obtain your license online.
Florida Fishing Seasons
Aside from licenses, you should also be aware of the different seasons for fishing certain species of fish here in Florida. The Atlantic Coast has different fishing seasons than we do here on the Gulf of Mexico. Below we’ve included FWC’s seasonal fishing chart for Florida Gulf waters.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
We encourage you to check out the FWC website for more information on all things Florida fishing and outdoors.
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