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Get a Texas Fishing License

You'll need a valid Texas fishing license, if you are the age of 17 or over, before you go fishing in the state of Texas. One exception to this fishing rule is when you are fishing from the bank in a state park or in waters completely enclosed by a state park. All other fishing rules, license requirements and regulations, such as length and bag limits, are in effect for the state. There are a few other exceptions, so always be sure to check current state regulations since they are subject to change.

Get a Texas Fishing License
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In order to help protect our natural resources and ensure healthy fish populations for future generations of anglers, each state has their own unique set of fishing rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are subject to change over time, so always be sure to check the current regulations before each Texas fishing trip.


The funds from your Texas fishing license purchase go towards a number of conservation-related activities such as fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, fish stocking programs, along with fishing and conservation education. How can you help with conservation efforts? Learn about catch and release best practices, then apply these practices the next time you go fishing.


  • A valid fishing license with a freshwater or saltwater endorsement is required to take fish, mussels, clams, crayfish or other aquatic life in the public waters of Texas.
  • A fishing license is not required if fishing from the bank in a state park or in waters completely enclosed by a state park.
  • A sport fishing license is required for any person 17 years of age and older.