Texas Fishing License

Texas Fishing License

Published: July 1, 2024

Gary Farmer
Gary Farmer
South Padre Island, TX
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Texas Fishing License: Everything You Need to Know


Fishing in Texas offers a unique opportunity to explore some of the best angling spots in the country, from freshwater lakes to the abundant coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. To ensure the sustainability of these precious resources, the state of Texas requires most anglers to obtain a fishing license. Here’s what you need to know to get your Texas fishing license and be ready for your adventure with Angler's Choice Guide Service.


Who Needs a Texas Fishing License?

In Texas, anyone aged 17 and older must have a fishing license to fish in public waters. This includes both residents and non-residents of the state. There are exceptions for certain groups, including Texas residents born before January 1, 1931, and individuals fishing in private waters. Additionally, those fishing on state-designated Free Fishing Day (typically the first Saturday in June) do not require a license.


Types of Texas Fishing Licenses

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) offers a variety of fishing licenses to cater to different needs:

  • Resident Fishing License: Available to Texas residents, these licenses can be purchased for a day, year, or as part of a combination hunting and fishing license.
  • Non-Resident Fishing License: Non-residents can purchase a fishing license for a day, year, or as part of a combination package.
  • Special Licenses: These include licenses for seniors, disabled veterans, and military personnel. The Super Combo License package offers a comprehensive option that includes both fishing and hunting privileges.


How to Purchase a Texas Fishing License

Obtaining a Texas fishing license is a straightforward process. Licenses can be purchased online through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, over the phone, or in person at various retailers such as sporting goods stores, bait shops, and TPWD offices.

  1. Online: Visit the TPWD website and navigate to the licensing section. Follow the prompts to select the appropriate license, provide the necessary personal information, and complete the payment process. Once purchased, you can print your license or save a digital copy on your mobile device.
  2. Phone: Call the TPWD licensing department at 1-800-895-4248 during business hours to purchase your license over the phone.
  3. In-Person: Visit a licensed retailer or TPWD office. Bring a valid ID and any required documentation (such as proof of residency or military status) to complete your purchase.

Additional Requirements and Regulations

In addition to obtaining a fishing license, anglers should be aware of specific regulations that may apply, such as bag limits, size limits, and seasonal restrictions. These regulations vary depending on the species and location, so it's important to review the TPWD fishing regulations guide or consult with your fishing guide to ensure compliance.


Benefits of a Fishing License

Purchasing a fishing license not only allows you to legally fish in Texas waters but also contributes to the conservation and management of the state's aquatic resources. The revenue generated from fishing licenses supports fishery management programs, habitat restoration projects, and educational initiatives aimed at promoting responsible fishing practices.


Now that you have all the information you need to obtain your Texas fishing license, you’re ready to embark on an unforgettable fishing adventure with Angler's Choice Guide Service. Our team is committed to providing you with the best fishing experience on South Padre Island. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and helping you create lasting memories on the beautiful waters of Texas.

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