Fishing in Texas is more than just a pastime—it’s a way of life for many residents and visitors alike. But before you can join the ranks of anglers casting their lines in the Lone Star State, you need to get familiar with the costs of a fishing license. These costs can vary based on factors like your residency status, the type of fishing you’re planning, and your age.
Texas Fishing License Types And Costs 2024
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a senior or a special resident, Texas has a fishing license to suit your needs. The cost of these licenses varies, and you can snag one online or from a retailer. Here’s a breakdown of the costs for 2024:
Texas Resident Freshwater Fishing License Cost
If you’re a Texas resident planning to fish in the state’s public waters, you’ll need a Resident Freshwater Fishing License. This will set you back $30.
Texas Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing License Cost
For non-residents eager to experience Texas fishing, a Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing License is required. This license comes with a price tag of $58.
Texas Senior Freshwater Fishing License Cost
Texas residents who are 65 or older and were born on or after January 1, 1931, can get a Senior Freshwater Fishing License for just $12.
Texas One-Day All-Water Fishing License Cost
If you’re only planning to fish for a day, you can opt for a one-day all-water fishing license. This costs $11 for Texas residents and $16 for non-residents.
Texas Special Resident All-Water Fishing License Cost
Texas residents who are legally blind can purchase a Special Resident All-Water Fishing License for $7.
Texas Lake Texoma License Cost
Planning to fish in both the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma? You’ll need a Lake Texoma license, which costs $12.
Where To Purchase A Texas Fishing License
Getting your hands on a Texas fishing license is a breeze, with multiple options to suit your convenience. Whether you’re an online shopper or prefer the in-person experience, Texas makes it easy for you to get licensed and start reeling in the big ones.
The quickest way to get your Texas fishing license is to buy it online through the Texas License Connection sales website (txfgsales.com). This official source for Texas hunting and fishing licenses accepts Visa, Discover, and MasterCard. There’s a $5 administrative fee for online transactions. Note that not all licenses purchased online are fully digital. If a license has a digital option, you’ll be asked to choose between a printed (paper) or digital license. If you opt for a printed license that includes tags, or if the license you purchase is only available in printed format, you’ll need to use the paper license tags that will be mailed to you for any harvested animals that require tagging.
If you’d rather buy your license in person, you can find Texas fishing licenses at approximately 1,700 retail locations throughout the state. These include sporting goods stores, gun shops, department stores, discount stores, bait and tackle shops, grocery stores, and more. This gives you the flexibility to buy your license wherever it’s most convenient for you.
Texas Parks And Wildlife Department Offices
Some commercial hunting and fishing licenses are only available at the Austin headquarters and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement offices. These offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that TPWD offices can’t accept credit cards for all boat/outboard motor transactions.
You can also use a mobile device to show proof of hunting and fishing licenses for activities that don’t require tagging or physical stamps. Just enter your license information in the Outdoor Annual mobile app’s “Licenses” section. A physical license and tags are still required for hunting and fishing activities that require tags, such as deer and turkey. The app is available for free on iOS and Android.
Remember, every cent of your hunting and fishing license fees goes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for on-the-ground conservation efforts. Your purchase helps keep Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish.
Texas Fishing License Exemptions
Not everyone needs a fishing license in Texas. The following groups are exempt:
- Persons under 17 years of age
- Persons born before January 1, 1931
- Persons with an intellectual disability who fish as part of medically approved therapy or 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.
Whether you’re a Texas native or just visiting, fishing offers a fantastic way to enjoy the state’s natural beauty. Just make sure you’re properly licensed before you head out. Happy fishing!