Out-Of-State Texas Visitors
If you're a nonresident or from out-of-state, you are required to have a Texas fishing license or permit to legally fish in the state. Before you cast your line in Texas waters, here are a few helpful hints for nonresidents visiting the state of Texas for fishing.
Visiting Texas on a Fishing Trip?
If you're visiting the state of Texas and are planning on fishing, and aren't sure what the rules & regulations are, browse the following topics that include information on Texas fishing requirements, fishing packages and Texas fishing license fees.
Nonresident/Out-of-State Fishing Licenses
A Texas fishing license is required of all nonresidents who fish in the public waters of Texas. Those who are exempt are; non-residents under 17 years of age, Louisiana residents 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid Louisiana Recreational Fishing License (includes Senior Fish/Hunt License) or Oklahoma residents 65 years of age or older.
Texas Fishing License Packages
Licenses and prices vary based on the type of fishing (freshwater, saltwater or both) and duration of the desired Texas fishing license.
License Year Fishing Packages
License Year Fishing Packages include a nonresident fishing license in Texas that's valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31 of the calendar year, and either a freshwater stamp endorsement, a saltwater stamp endorsement with a red drum tag or both stamp endorsements valid for the same time period.
One-Day All-Water Fishing License
One-Day All-Water Fishing License includes a nonresident Texas fishing license valid for the selected day or days purchased. Stamp endorsements are not required for this license. Consecutive days may be bought at the time of purchase. One red drum tag shall be available at no additional charge with the purchase of the first one-day Texas fishing license only.
Package, License and Stamp Fees
- Freshwater Package: $58
- Saltwater Package 63
- All-Water Package: $68
- One-Day All-Water License: $16
**Please note that if you own any valid freshwater fishing package in Texas, you will be able to purchase a saltwater stamp endorsement, and if you own any valid saltwater fishing package, you will be able to purchase a freshwater stamp endorsement.
Freshwater Fishing Stamp Endorsement: Type 256: $5. This stamp endorsement is required in addition to a valid Texas fishing license if you take or attempt to take fish in the public fresh waters of Texas. If you are not required to hold a fishing license, or if you hold a lifetime combination or lifetime fishing license, this stamp endorsement is not required. A freshwater fishing stamp is included in freshwater and all-water Texas fishing packages.
Saltwater Fishing Stamp Endorsement: Type 211:$10. This stamp endorsement is required in addition to a valid Texas fishing license if you take or attempt to take fish in the public salt water of Texas. If you are not required to hold a fishing license, or if you hold a lifetime combination or lifetime fishing license, this stamp endorsement is not required. A red drum tag shall be issued at no additional charge with each saltwater fishing stamp endorsement. A saltwater fishing stamp is included in saltwater and all-water Texas fishing packages.