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Resident Requirements for Fishing in Texas

Mandatory License:

  • Requirement: A resident fishing license is necessary for fishing in public waters of Texas.

Exceptions:

Exempt Individuals:

  1. Individuals under 17 years of age: No license required.
  2. Individuals born before January 1, 1931: No license required.
  3. Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: No license required under the following circumstances:
    • Engaged in fishing as part of medically approved therapy, under immediate supervision of approved hospital, residence, or school personnel.
      • The individual must carry an authorization identifying the sponsoring entity.
      • Authorization may be in the form of an identification card with the entity's name.
    • Fishing under direct supervision of a licensed angler who is:
      • A family member or has permission from the family.
      • The individual with an intellectual disability must have a doctor's note stating the diagnosis.

Non-Resident Requirements for Fishing in Texas

Mandatory License:

  • Requirement: A non-resident fishing license is mandatory for all non-residents fishing in public waters of Texas.

Exceptions:

Exempt Individuals:

  1. Non-residents under 17 years of age: No license required.
  2. Louisiana Resident, 65 years or older:
    • Exempt if possessing a valid Louisiana Recreational Fishing License (including Senior Fish/Hunt License).
  3. Oklahoma Resident, 65 years or older:
    • Exempt from licensing requirements.

Aquatic Species Requirements in Texas

Fishing License with Endorsement

  • Requirement: Any resident engaging in fishing or taking fish, mussels, clams, crayfish, or other aquatic life in Texas public waters must possess a valid fishing license.
    • The fishing license must have either a freshwater or saltwater endorsement.

Additional License Requirements

  • Turtles and Frogs:
    • To take turtles and frogs, a hunting license is required.

Freshwater License Packages in Texas

Resident Freshwater Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 231
  • Fee: $30
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Senior Freshwater Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident 65 years and older
  • Item: 234
  • Fee: $12
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Non-resident Freshwater Package

  • Eligibility: Non-resident
  • Item: 250
  • Fee: $58
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Saltwater License Packages in Texas

Resident Saltwater Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 232
  • Fee: $35
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Senior Saltwater Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident 65 years and older
  • Item: 235
  • Fee: $17
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Non-resident Saltwater Package

  • Eligibility: Non-resident
  • Item: 251
  • Fee: $63
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

All-Water License Packages in Texas

Resident All-Water Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 233
  • Fee: $40
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 237
  • Fee: $47
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Senior All-Water Package

  • Eligibility: Texas resident 65 years and older
  • Item: 236
  • Fee: $22
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Non-resident All-Water Package

  • Eligibility: Non-resident
  • Item: 252
  • Fee: $68
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

All-Water Licenses in Texas

One-Day All-Water License (Texas Resident)

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 213
  • Fee: $11
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Special Resident All-Water Fishing License

  • Eligibility: Texas resident who is legally blind
  • Item: 244
  • Fee: $7
  • Availability: Purchase at TPWD headquarters or a law enforcement sales office

One-Day All-Water License (Non-resident)

  • Eligibility: Non-resident
  • Item: 214
  • Fee: $16
  • Availability: Buy online or Find a retailer

Fishing Guide Licenses in Texas

Freshwater Fishing Guide License

  • Eligibility: Texas resident and non-resident
  • Item: 600
  • Fee: $132
  • Availability: Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office

Resident All-Water Fishing Guide License

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 610
  • Fee: $210
  • Availability: Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office

Resident All-Water Paddle-craft Fishing Guide License

  • Eligibility: Texas resident
  • Item: 650
  • Fee: $210
  • Availability: Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office

Non-resident All-Water Fishing Guide License

  • Eligibility: Non-resident
  • Item: 710
  • Fee: $1,050
  • Availability: Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office

Non-resident All-Water Paddle-craft Fishing Guide License

  • Eligibility: Non-resident
  • Item: 750
  • Fee: $1,050
  • Availability: Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office

Lake Texoma License

Eligibility:

  • Texas resident and non-resident

Item:

  • 208

Fee:

  • $12

Availability:

  • Buy online or Find a retailer

Description:

With this license, valid until December 31 following the date of issuance, a person may fish in both the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma without any additional Texas or Oklahoma fishing licenses. A Texas resident 65 years of age or older does not need this license to fish in the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma. Lake Texoma license is valid only on Lake Texoma.

Sport Oyster Boat Licenses

Resident Sport Oyster Boat License

Eligibility:

  • Texas resident

Item:

  • 328

Fee:

  • $13

Availability:

  • Purchase at TPWD headquarters or a law enforcement sales office

Non-resident Sport Oyster Boat License

Eligibility:

  • Non-resident

Item:

  • 428

Fee:

  • $51

Availability:

  • Purchase at TPWD headquarters or a law enforcement sales office

Description:

Required when using a sport oyster dredge or tongs to harvest oysters recreationally. For this license only, residency is based on the boat's records. The resident sport oyster boat license is for boats with a current registration in Texas, or having a current certificate of documentation from the U.S. Coast Guard that shows the owner's address is in Texas. The non-resident sport oyster boat license is for boats with a current registration not in Texas or having a current certificate of documentation from the U.S. Coast Guard that shows the owner's address not in Texas.

Lifetime Fishing Licenses and Tags

Eligibility:

  • Available to Texas residents

Description:

Lifetime licenses and tags are valid for the lifetime of the license holder.

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