Get a North Carolina Fishing License

To take advantage of fishing North Carolina’s inland streams and saltwater shorelines, you will need to buy a NC fishing license. You can buy an inland fishing license or saltwater fishing license as a resident or non-resident and save money over the long-term by selecting an annual or lifetime option.

Get a North Carolina Fishing License

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Each state has specific fishing rules in place to help manage fish populations and natural resources. After you buy an inland or saltwater fishing license, be sure to check the North Carolina regulations so that you understand seasons and limits.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

Inland and saltwater fishing license fees help support state conservation efforts. Funds from your North Carolina fishing license purchase go towards activities like habitat research, hatcheries, fish stocking and conservation education.

North Carolina Fishing License

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION

  • Fishing licenses can be purchased from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission online or from a local tackle shop or outdoor retailer that serves as a wildlife service agent.
  • North Carolina fishing licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase unless otherwise noted on the license.
  • All people age 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to fish in North Carolina waters.