Opportunities for a Fishing License for the Disabled Angler

By Andy Whitcomb

Mar 26, 2019

Discounted fishing licenses are available for disabled anglers. Learn where to find out if it applies to you.

Fishing is a great activity. Not only is it downright fun, but it is a stress reliever, mentally and physically. Fortunately, fishing licenses are discounted for seniors and there are possibilities for discounts for a fishing license for the disabled too.

To find out just what discounted fishing license programs are available, visit your state’s fish and wildlife page online or pick up the latest regulations where you renew your fishing license. For example, Pennsylvania regulations address some benefits for anglers who served in the military and are disabled. If “100% disabled,” a free disabled fishing license is available; otherwise the fee is listed as “reduced.” An exact amount is not listed so the angler needs to contact the county treasurer or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

But military service is not required for a disabled fishing license discount. With the proper paperwork completed, an Oklahoma resident can purchase a 5 year disabled fishing license for 10$. In North Carolina, disabled anglers can purchase a lifetime fishing license for $110. And in Texas, mentally disabled anglers may not even be required to have a license.

Much of fishing success depends on access. The 2019 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary booklet states that disabled anglers “may apply for a permit to use an off-road motorized vehicle to access fishing and boating opportunities.” The Fish and Boat Commission also provides a list of fishing locations with accommodations for disabled anglers which may include close parking, ramps, piers, or such in at least 17 counties.

Again, check online or your state fishing regulations to learn how it handles a fishing license for the disabled.  A disabled fishing license may be available at a great discount or you may find a listing of fishing areas with special accommodations.

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.