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We've compiled a plethora of information you'll need to know before baiting your hook, or reeling in your first fish in Florida waters. Read on to find out about Florida fishing regulations, obtaining a Florida fishing license, permit and more when fishing in the state of Florida. Let us be your source and guide for Florida fishing licenses and permits.

Freshwater Fishing License & Permit in Florida

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. Read more

Florida Commercial Freshwater Fishing

The requirements for obtaining a Commercial Freshwater Fishing License in Florida differ from those of a Commercial Saltwater Fishing License in Florida. Learn the differences, and be sure you apply for the correct Florida fishing license. Read more

Saltwater Fishing License & Permit in Florida

A recreational Florida saltwater fishing license or permit is required to take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams, lobster, marine plants or other species out of saltwater. A Florida fishing license or permit to saltwater fish is required to land saltwater species in Florida regardless of if they are caught in state or federal waters. Read more

Florida Commercial Saltwater Fishing

If you want to buy a Florida commercial fishing saltwater license or permit, you must be eligible for and comply with the license requirements before commercially harvesting or selling any marine fish or other saltwater products in Florida. Read more

Florida Fishing Gear

Before you cast your fishing rod, it's important to pack all your Florida fishing trip necessities while out at sea or on land, from bait and tackle to sunscreen. Read more

Florida Fishing Destinations

Heading to Florida on a fishing vacation? Be sure to make the most out of your excursion by choosing the right fishing destination. Read more


We've put together a Florida Fishing Packet to assist you with the Florida fishing license process, as well as offer you helpful information on a myriad of fishing-related topics.

Click here to access the Florida Fishing License Checklist and Forms Packet.

  1. You should always know the good fishing spots in your area. Visit and input your location to find the hottest fishing spots in your area.
  2. Make sure you have a good fishing pole. It can make the difference between "the catch of your life" and "the one that got away".
  3. If you want to catch a specific fish, ask a bait-and-tackle store employee what bait that fish likes the most.
  4. When it comes to bait, it's in your best interest to use live bait. Fish are much more attracted to bait wiggling around in the water than bait that doesn't move.
  5. Don't fish in waters you know or think to be polluted.
  6. On a day-to-day basis, the best times to fish are sunrise and sunset.
  7. On a monthly basis, the best time to fish is when the moon is in between its new and full phase.
  8. Don't ruin your fishing trip by getting sunburnt. Wear sunblock that is at least SPF 30.
  9. If you're looking to catch bigger fish, you're going to need a boat to get out to the open water. Some of the tastiest fish, like grouper and dolphin, are caught in these waters.
  10. Keep in mind that fish like to swim near sandbars, riverbanks, piers and reefs, so if you fish near one of these, you should be in good shape!