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Saltwater Fishing in Texas

Before you bait your hook and cast it into the gulf, you're going to need to have your Texas saltwater fishing license on your person. Will you be saltwater fishing in Texas recreationally or commercially? Either way, you'll want to read up on TX saltwater 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 Commercial Saltwater License

The Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for managing saltwater commercial fisheries by protecting, conserving, and enhancing Texas marine resources. Texas Saltwater 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 Saltwater Commercial Fishing as well as licensing and regulations, click here.

Texas Recreational Saltwater License

A recreational Texas saltwater fishing license or permit is required to take or attempt to take saltwater fish, crabs, clams, lobster, marine plants or other species out of saltwater. A Texas fishing license or permit to saltwater fish is required to land saltwater species in Texas regardless if they are caught in state or federal waters. For more information on saltwater fishing in Texas, as well as obtaining a Texas saltwater fishing license, click here

Purchasing a Texas Saltwater Fishing License

When obtaining a TX saltwater 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. To find out the cost and your options to purchase your TX saltwater license, click here. You can order a Texas saltwater fishing license online, in person or by phone.