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License Type Resident Prices Non-Resident Prices
1-Day $7.00 $15.00
7-Day N/A $35.00
Annual $23.00 $55.00
Trout Stamp $10.00 $10.00
Joint/Spouse License $42.00 N/A
3 Year $55.00 N/A

Known for bragging-rights crappie and blue catfish, Kentucky also offers anglers a variety of smallmouth bass and fly-fishing river opportunities. Wherever you go, there are challenges and beautiful views along with the fish.

Kentucky has a lot of combination license options for residents. We’re only going to discuss fishing-specific licenses here. But, if you’re an angler and a hunter/trapper, it may be worth looking at their license breakdown to see if a combination or sportsman’s license is a better fit for your hobbies.

Beyond the prices we’ve listed here, there are also discounted prices available for veterans, disabled individuals, and seniors, depending on your situation.

Licenses are required for all anglers who are at least 16 years of age unless they are already covered by one of the youth combination licenses. In that case, youth are required to be licensed as soon as the previously applicable license expires.

Kentucky licenses are valid for the calendar year.

The state also provides weekly fishing reports and publicizes stocking schedules and other important information for finding the best fishing spots. That wealth of information means that you can always find a good fishing spot, whether you live there year-round or are only visiting for a couple of days.

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