Before you cast your line into the lake, you're going to need to have your Florida freshwater fishing license handy. Will you be fishing in Florida recreationally or commercially? Either way, be sure to read up on FL freshwater licensing requirements before you embark.
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To legally fish in Florida's bodies of fresh water, you need to get your recreational freshwater fishing license. The freshwater fishing license is valid for either one year, which costs $17, five years, which costs $79 or forlife, which costs between $401.50 and $1,001.50, depending on your age.
If you are a nonresident, you can purchase a three-day license for $17, a seven-day license for $30, or a yearlong license for $47. You can purchase a freshwater fishing license at your county tax collector's office, at a sporting goods store or a bait and tackle store, online or by phone at 888-FISH-FLORIDA.
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 click here 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.