You'll need a valid Texas fishing license, if you are over the age of 17, before you go fishing in the state of Texas. One exception to this fishing rule is when you are fishing from the bank in a state park or in waters completely enclosed by a state park. All other fishing rules, license requirements and regulations, such as length and bag limits, are in effect for the state. There are a few other exceptions, so always be sure to check current state regulations since they are subject to change.

A Texas fishing license can be purchased online, at local tackle shops, specialty sporting goods stores or other retailers that sell hunting and fishing equipment. A valid fishing license with a freshwater or saltwater stamp is required to take fish, mussels, clams, crayfish or other aquatic life in the public waters of Texas.

TX Fishing Laws and Regulations

In order to help protect our natural resources and ensure healthy fish populations for future generations of anglers, each state has their own unique set of fishing rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are subject to change over time, so always be sure to check the current regulations before each Texas fishing trip.

Helping with Conservation

The funds from your Texas fishing license purchase go towards a number of conservation-related activities such as fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, fish stocking programs, along with fishing and conservation education. How can you help with conservation efforts? Learn about catch and release best practices, then apply these practices the next time you go fishing.