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License Type Resident Prices Non-Resident Prices
3-Day N/A $17.00
7-Day N/A $30.00
Annual $17.00 $47.00
Freshwater 5 Year $79.00 N/A
Saltwater 3-day N/A $17.00
Saltwater 7-day N/A $30.00
Saltwater Annual $17.00 $47.00
Saltwater 5 Year $79.00 N/A

Florida is home to some of the United State’s most incredible wildlife. While a tour through the Everglades is likely to be on the top of most visitors’ lists, there are too many incredible fishing locations to ask anglers to pick a favorite.

Florida requires both fresh and saltwater fishing licenses. You’re also required to sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey if you plan on fishing in the Gulf. That includes youth and seniors who otherwise don’t require a fishing license.

Florida offers 3-day, 7-day, and annual fishing licenses. Residents of the state of Florida can also choose to purchase 5-year fishing licenses for both fresh and saltwater fishing.

You can also choose to purchase a ‘hard card’ which is a credit-card style license. Each hard card can hold up to 7 different licenses. Some vendors may add an additional $.50 vendor fee.

Residents who want to try fishing for the first time, or visitors who have good timing, can also take advantage of several free fishing days through the year. Learn more about Florida’s free fishing days on their website.

Crabbing, lobstering, and scalloping are all covered by Florida recreational saltwater fishing licenses. But you do have to follow some restrictions to be covered by a recreational license vs. a commercial fishing license.

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