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Freshwater Fishing in Texas

Before you cast your line into one of the many Texas lakes, you're going to need to have your Texas freshwater fishing license handy. Will you be fishing in Texas recreationally or commercially? Either way, you'll need to read up on TX freshwater licensing requirements before you cast your line.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Texas fishing-related services, including information on obtaining a new fishing license, fishing regulations in your state and fishing safety courses. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from different Texas fishing organizations, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.

2: Via the TPWD

If you prefer to access additional material on Texas fishing services and regulations, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support.

Texas Recreational Freshwater Fishing License

A recreational Texas freshwater fishing license or permit is required to take or attempt to take freshwater fish, marine plants or other species out of freshwater. For more information on freshwater fishing in Texas, as well as obtaining a Texas freshwater fishing license, click here.

Texas Commercial Freshwater Fishing License

The Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for managing freshwater commercial fisheries by protecting, conserving, and enhancing Texas marine resources. Texas freshwater commercial fishing is defined as; any activity that involves taking or handling fresh or saltwater aquatic products for pay or for the purpose of barter, sale, or exchange. To learn more about Texas freshwater commercial fishing, as well as licensing and regulations, click here.

Purchasing a Texas Freshwater Fishing License

When obtaining a TX freshwater fishing license or permit, depending on the type of fishing you want to do, you might be required to also purchase a stamp endorsement, so fees will vary. The TPWD offers a couple different options to purchase your license. You can order your Texas freshwater fishing license through an agent, online, in person or by phone.