When you are ready to purchase a VA fishing license, you will need to think about whether you will be fishing freshwater for species like smallmouth bass, trout and sunfish or if you prefer to buy a saltwater fishing license to fish for ocean sport fish species like cobia, flounder and redfish. Once you have purchased a license, check the regulations for seasons, size limits and bag limits.

Fishing licenses are available for online purchase through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

VA Fishing Rules and Regulations

Since fishing regulations help protect and preserve fish our state fish populations, it is important that every angler check the current set of regulations before each fishing trip. All states have a different set of regulations and most are updated by the season or by the month.

Contributing Towards Conservation

Imagine what a lake, stream, river, pond or the ocean would be like if there were no fishing regulations in place. Fish populations would become depleted or even extinct. Given the pleasure fishing brings to millions of people, we all need to do our part to contribute towards conservation by knowing and understanding the importance of state fishing laws.