Can You Imagine Life Without a Fishing License?

Every year when I get ready to renew my Florida fishing license, I can't help but think about what my life would be like without having one. Such a bummer thought, I know… although it really does remind me about the many reasons why I should feel grateful for all of the amazing memories I've made over the years with family and friends while on the water.

Here are a few ways that life might be different if you didn’t have your fishing license:

  • You wouldn't get those exciting feelings of anticipation the night before a fishing trip. When you plan a fishing trip, it's such a thrill to think about which species and how many fish you might catch, and how big the fish might be.

  • You would see fewer beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Some of the best fishing takes place at dawn and dusk. When you plan a fishing trip, you can increase the number of sunrises and sunsets you get to witness during your lifetime.

  • You wouldn't be able to share your love of fishing and the outdoors with others. If you are a parent who wants to share the fun of fishing with your kids, you need to have a fishing license in order to show them how to fish and fish along with them.

  • You wouldn't be able to explore all of the amazing places to fish in your state. Whether you live in Alaska or Florida, there are an infinite number of places where you can wet a line in our oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Do you already have a favorite place to fish in your state? If so, don't forget to cast your vote for the top family-friendly fishing & boating spots in the U.S.

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Do you have a valid freshwater or saltwater fishing license? If you haven't bought yours yet because you aren't sure where to buy fishing license, you can quickly and easily buy fishing license online for your state by clicking over to our state fishing pages.

Snook photo credit: Greg Stamper

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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.