Florida Game Fish Regulations

Florida Game Fish Regulations
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is the agency that oversees the state's game fishing. It publishes a comprehensive manual each year that has the regulations within it that Florida's anglers should take advantage of.


The types of fish an angler targets in Florida is more important than where she does it in regard to the type of license the angler requires. For example, those after largemouth bass in brackish inlets need a freshwater license, while those pursuing saltwater fish such as snook in freshwater environs need a saltwater license.

Time Frame

Florida fishing laws define a resident as an individual who has lived within the state for six straight months before she tries to obtain a fishing license.

Legal Methods

Legal methods to take game fish in Florida include a rod and reel or a simple pole and line. There is no limit set for the anglers as to the number of lines she can have in the water.

Bag Limits

Florida does impose bag limits on some species such as the crappie. There are special limits set for certain bodies of water, making it prudent for an angler to keep up with these regulations.

License Exemptions

Children younger than 16 years old and those 65 and older do not need to have a fishing license in Florida. Someone within their own county utilizing live bait on a cane pole for simple recreational fishing purposes does not require a fishing license as well.

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