Navigating the Fishing Licenses in a state as massive as Texas is not an easy feat. It’s also a very diverse state offering saltwater fishing, and freshwater fishing to sport fishermen, and commercial fishermen alike. We will be discussing only the Texas sport fishing licenses here, with particular emphasis on freshwater.
With a state of this size there are bound to be many fishing license options which we’ll discuss here, along with a tips from the team here so you can keep your costs down.
Please remember that fishing licenses are required for any person attempting to take fish, clams, mussels, crayfish, or any other aquatic life from Texas waters. By buying a license, you are helping to pay for fishery conservation education, and other programs designed to sustain Texas fisheries for our future.
Texas Fishing Regulations
Residents of Texas with valid identification can obtain fishing licenses at a significant savings, generally accounting for about a 40% or greater savings over the non-resident fees.
Fishing License Period
Texas fishing licenses are available in the 1-Day fishing license, and the Annual license. The annual license is a great value, and tends to be the preferred option for most fishermen.
Extra Licensing Fees
When you purchase your Texas fishing license you will have the option to add packages for freshwater, saltwater, and all water fishing access. IN addition tags can be purchased for red drum fishing, the use of trotlines, trawl tags, and more.
Fishing in State Parks
Texas anglers can also enjoy free fishing year-round at over 70 state parks. All other fishing regulations, including fish length and bag limits, are in effect. Park entry fees still apply so factor that into your decision to fish in Texas state parks. A fishing license and endorsement are not required if you are state park property, or if you’re fishing water which is entirely surrounded by a state park. On man-made structures such as docks, piers, and jetties that are within state parks, fishing is allowed by pole-and-line only, with a limit of two poles per person.
Free or Reduced Fee Texas Fishing Licenses
On the first Saturday in June every year, everyone may fish recreationally without the need to purchase a fishing license.
Texas Fishing Licenses are NOT Required For
- A fishermen under 17 years of age (resident or non-resident)
- A fishermen born before January 1, 1931
- A fishermen who is a developmentally disabled person fishing as part of medically approved therapy, under the immediate supervision of personnel approved or employed by a hospital, residence or school for mentally disabled persons
- A fishermen who is a developmentally disabled person fishing under the direct supervision of a licensed angler who is either a family member or has permission from the family to take the person fishing
- Louisiana resident 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid Louisiana Recreational Fishing License
- Oklahoma resident 65 years of age or older