Fishing License in Florida 2015
Do you need a license?
if you are from out-of-state, you need a license to look at the water, well almost. There is no place you may fish in Florida with having a license. Which can be bought by you or if you go on fishing charters or certain piers, the People who own the boat or Pier may buy a license to cover you. another thing if you are under 16 years old you do not need a license.
Even if you own a home in Florida,
that does not count. Homes, boats, and things are just toys, things you own, they are not you.
Where your driver’s license is from, is the state you are a resident of.
Florida residents are also required to have a license any where and every where they fish. There are exceptions and if you are fishing from land, pier, bridge, ect. there is no charge for the License, Resident only. not available for out-of-state.
I am just fishing from my back yard, ok it is still against the law to do that without a license. P.S. chances of getting caught fishing in your back yard slim to none.
I am going to fish a private pond in my housing development, so I don’t need a license. Wrong that pond is not private. You may fish in your swimming pool with-out a license as you and only you own the land all around the pool which means you won the water in it. The Pond in you development has dozens of owners and is community property. So it is not private, So you need to buy a license. Chances of getting caught while fishing the pond 50/50
the State often goes into housing developments to check licenses.
I am fishing the Peace River what License do I need? here there is a problem. The state only thinks in terms of fresh or Salt, brackish is by law Slat water. So how do you know what to get? Many river are what is called intentional zones, which means if you are fishing with worms, you must have a fresh water lic. if you are fishing with shrimp you need a slat water lic. Lets say you are fishing with shrimp and catch a Bass, you let it go. no big deal, if you catch a 2nd Bass in that spot, You have to have a freshwater license or leave the spot as now you are intentionally fishing for a fresh water fish.
OK it is just plain weird. Welcome to Florida.
These are questions, I get asked every day, there are a few exceptions to some of the rules, but I don’t feel like typing it all out, that would take hours,
this is a general guide line, I hope it answers some of your questions