Locating Your KY Fishing License Number: A Quick Guide

Fishing is a popular outdoor recreational activity in Kentucky, with abundant lakes, rivers, and streams offering excellent opportunities to catch bass, catfish, trout, and more. Before casting your line, it’s essential to have a valid Kentucky fishing license with the correct license number. This guide will walk you through locating your license number quickly whether you purchased online, in-person, or by phone.

Who Needs a Fishing License in Kentucky?

Nearly all anglers need a fishing license to fish legally in Kentucky. As of March 2023, resident landowners and tenants living on less than 5 acres of land now need a license thanks to Senate Bill 241.

The only exceptions are:

  • Children under 16 years old
  • Resident landowners and tenants with 5+ acres including the water they’ll fish
  • Resident disabled veterans

Check current regulations before fishing each season.

When Do You Need a New License?

Kentucky fishing licenses expire every February 28th. The 2024-2025 license year begins March 1, 2024 and is valid through February 28, 2025.

You’ll need a new license each year. Consider purchasing a 3-year license to avoid this hassle.

Purchasing a License

You can purchase a Kentucky fishing license:

Online and phone purchases incur small convenience fees. In-person purchases require cash or check.

Available Kentucky Fishing Licenses

Kentucky offers various license durations and types:

  • Annual: $23 residents / $55 non-residents
  • Joint/Spouse: $42 residents only
  • 1-day: $7 residents / $15 non-residents
  • 3-year: $55 residents only
  • 7-day: $35 non-residents
  • Senior/Disabled: $12 residents only
  • Trout permit: $10 residents & non-residents

Choose the option fitting your needs and budget. Non-resident licenses have stricter regulations.

Locating Your License Number

Once purchased, locate your license number to carry while fishing.

Online Purchases

If you bought online, the license number will be on your digital receipt or in account purchase history. Save this number!

You can also reprint licenses from prior years in your account.

In-Person/Phone Purchases

For in-person/phone buys, the license number will be printed on the physical license document. Carry this when fishing.

If you lose the document, call 877-598-2401 to retrieve the number with your registration details.

Checking Regulations

Always verify the regulations too before fishing. Download the annual Fishing Guide covering seasons, limits and more.

Carry your license number and a regulation guide when fishing. Warden checks are frequent.

Fishing License Fines and Penalties

Fishing without a license brings hefty penalties:

  • Up to $500 fine
  • Permanent ban from obtaining licenses
  • Jail time up to 90 days

Wardens can confiscate gear and catch as evidence. Paying fines doesn’t reimburse lost equipment.

Avoid hassles by purchasing licenses on time and carrying your number. Report violations to help preserve fish populations.

With licenses covered, what’s the fishing outlook for 2024? Experts predict excellent fishing across most Kentucky waters:

Huge pink salmon runs on the Kenai River and continued strong sockeye catches” says guide Dave Atcheson of Kenai River Fishing Report.

Late summer and fall will see peak trout activity thanks to salmon runs. Book August/September trips for trophy rainbows and dollies,” Atcheson continues.

Local fisherman Leech Lake Dan concurs about trout prospects:

“Colder weather has brought good ice allowing access to more areas and deeper water. Walleye, sauger, and jumbo perch catches have been excellent with minnows on spoons.”

Bass anglers will appreciate relaxed regulations on smallmouths in certain rivers and new slot limits protecting 12-15” largemouths on select lakes.

The outlook suggests an exceptional year! Check the 2024 Forecasts for your local waters.

Quickly Locate Your License Number

As the new season starts March 1st, locate your fishing license number now. Carry it while wetting lines and follow all regulations.

With preparation, 2024 will be a banner year! Tight lines!

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