2015 - 2016
New Regulations take effect Sept. 1, 2015. Download a PDF of the current 2014-15 Outdoor Annual.

Fishing Licenses, Packages & Tags

A valid fishing license with a freshwater or saltwater endorsement is required to take fish, mussels, clams, crayfish or other aquatic life in the public waters of Texas. A hunting license is required to take turtles and frogs.

The first Saturday in June of each year is the annual Free Fishing Day and no person is required to have a fishing license while fishing on that day.

A fishing license is not required if fishing from the bank in a state park or in waters completely enclosed by a state park. All other fishing regulations, such as length and bag limits, remain in effect.

Recreational anglers must have a Texas fishing license and saltwater endorsement to bring any fish taken in federal waters ashore in Texas (see Fishing in Federal Waters) or possess fish on a vessel in the tidal waters of Texas. 

Resident Licenses

Required of any resident who fishes in the public waters of Texas.

You do not need a fishing license/package if you:

  • are under 17 years of age.
  • were born before January 1, 1931.
  • are a mentally disabled person who is engaging in recreational fishing as part of a medically approved therapy, and who is fishing under the immediate supervision of personnel approved or employed by a hospital, residence or school for mentally disabled persons. The mentally disabled person must carry an authorization identifying the entity supplying the service. This authorization may be in the form of an I.D. card that contains the name of the sponsoring entity.
  • are a mentally disabled person who is recreational fishing under the direct supervision of a licensed angler who is a family member or has permission from the family to take the mentally disabled person fishing. While fishing, the mentally disabled person needs a note from a doctor stating the person has been diagnosed as mentally disabled.

A resident fishing license is included in all Super Combo and Combination packages (including Texas Resident Active Duty Military), the Lifetime Resident Combination and Lifetime Resident Fishing licenses and the various resident fishing packages offered by the Department. A resident who holds one of these licenses/packages is not required to purchase a separate resident fishing license.

License Packages

A variety of fishing packages are offered from which  the public may select based on the type of fishing (freshwater, saltwater or both) and duration of license desired.

License Year Fishing Packages

License Year Fishing Packages include a resident, senior resident, special resident or non-resident fishing license valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31, 2016 and either a freshwater endorsement, a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag or both endorsements valid for the same time period.

Senior Resident Fishing Packages

Senior Resident Fishing Packages are available to any Texas resident who is at least 65 years of age and was born on or after January 1, 1931. The packages include a senior resident fishing license and either a freshwater endorsement, a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag, or both, depending on the package selected.

Special Resident All-Water Fishing License

Special Resident All-Water Fishing License is available to any Texas resident who is legally blind. Endorsements are not required for this license. One red drum tag shall be available at no additional charge.

One-Day All-Water Fishing License

One-Day All-Water Fishing License includes resident or non-resident fishing license valid for the selected day or days purchased. 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 license only.

Year-from-Purchase All-Water Fishing Package

Year-from-Purchase All-Water Fishing Package (Texas residents only) includes a resident fishing license, a freshwater endorsement and a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag, all valid from the date of purchase through the end of the purchase month of the next license year.

License Package Fees

Freshwater Package:
$30
Saltwater Package:
$35
All-Water Package:
$40
Senior Freshwater Package:
$12
Senior Saltwater Package:
$17
Senior All-Water Package:
$22
Special Resident All-Water License (for legally blind):
$7
Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package:
$47
One-Day All-Water License:
$11

Please note that if you own any valid freshwater fishing package, you will be able to purchase a saltwater endorsement, and conversely, if you own any valid saltwater fishing package you will be able to purchase a freshwater endorsement.

Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package

For residents who hunt and fish freshwater and/or salt water, the “Super Combo” package can save purchasers up to $18. It includes the following at a discount price:

  • a Resident Hunting License,
  • a Resident Fishing License
  • and all 5 state endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag, upland game bird and migratory game bird).
  • The Federal Duck Stamp is not included.
“Super Combo” License Package (Type 111):
$68
Senior “Super Combo” License Package (Type 117):
$32 (for age 65 and over)

Disabled Veteran “Super Combo” (Type 502):
FREE

Available to a resident or non-resident qualifying as a disabled veteran. Disabled veteran means a veteran with a service-connected disability, as defined by the Veterans Administration, consisting of the loss of the use of a foot or leg or a disability rating of 50% or more, and who is receiving compensation from the U.S. for the disability. Official proof of disability (issued by the V.A.) must be shown when applying for this license and must state the rate of disability. Includes all five state endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, migratory game bird, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag, and upland game bird). The Federal Duck Stamp is not included.

Texas Resident Active Duty Military “Super Combo” (Type 510):
FREE

Available to any Texas resident on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves or National or State Guard. Proof of residency for this license is: military service record(s) indicating that the person’s home of record is in Texas or that the person’s duty station for the six months immediately prior to the time of application is in Texas.

Texas Resident Active Duty Military All-Water Fishing Package (Type 511):
FREE

Available to any Texas resident on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, or National or State Guard. This package includes a resident fishing license and the freshwater and saltwater endorsements with a red drum tag. Proof of residency for this license is: military service record(s) indicating that the person's home of record is in Texas or that the person's duty station for the six months immediately prior to the time of application is in Texas.

Combo License Package

The “Combo” packages include:

  • a Resident Hunting License,
  • a Resident Fishing License
  • and either the saltwater endorsement (with a red drum tag), freshwater endorsement or both, depending on the specific package purchased.
Resident Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing (Type 503):
$50
Resident Combination Hunting and Saltwater Fishing (Type 504):
$55
Resident Combination Hunting and All-Water Fishing (Type 505):
$60
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing (Type 506):
$16 (for age 65 and over)
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and Saltwater Fishing (Type 507):
$21
Senior Resident Combination Hunting and All-Water Fishing (Type 508):
$26

Residents who purchase “Combo” packages specific to either salt or freshwater fishing may upgrade to the All-Water package through the purchase of the endorsement not included in the initial license package purchased.

Lifetime Licenses

Lifetime License Information

Residents may buy hunting and fishing licenses valid for the lifetime of the license holder. The lifetime license exempts the holder from all state stamp endorsement requirements other than the Reptile and Amphibian Stamp Endorsement. The lifetime license does not exempt the holder from the Federal Duck Stamp requirement. Not valid for commercial trapping.

Beginning August 15th of each license year, existing lifetime license holders may obtain current year tags immediately, at no fee, at any one of our license agents located across the state. A Request for Lifetime License Tags may also be printed.

Applications for lifetime licenses may be obtained:

Lifetime licenses are only available for sale from the TPWD Austin Headquarters and TPWD Law Enforcement Offices.

Lifetime Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing (Type 980):
$1,800
Lifetime Resident Hunting (Type 981):
$1,000
Lifetime Resident Fishing (Type 982):
$1,000
Upgrade from Lifetime Resident Hunting to Combination Hunting and Fishing (Type 983):
$800
Upgrade from Lifetime Resident Fishing to Combination Hunting and Fishing (Type 984):
$800

Lifetime License Drawing

Enter to win a Lifetime Super Combo license in TPWD's Lifetime License Drawing

Lake Texoma License

(Type 208):
$12

With this license, which is valid until December 31 following the date of issuance, a person may fish in both the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma without any additional Texas or Oklahoma fishing licenses, endorsements or stamps. A Texas resident 65 years of age or older does not need this license to fish in the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma. A Lake Texoma license is valid ONLY on Lake Texoma (see reservoir boundaries.)

Non-Resident Licenses

Required of all non-residents who fish in the public waters of Texas. Licenses/Packages are not required if you are a:

  • non-resident under 17 years of age;
  • Louisiana resident 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid Louisiana Recreational Fishing License (includes Senior Fish/Hunt License); or
  • Oklahoma resident 65 years of age or older.

License Packages

A variety of fishing packages are offered from which  the public may select based on the type of fishing (freshwater, saltwater or both) and duration of license desired.

License Year Fishing Packages

License Year Fishing Packages include a resident, senior resident, special resident or non-resident fishing license valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31, 2016 and either a freshwater endorsement, a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag or both endorsements valid for the same time period.

One-Day All-Water Fishing License

One-Day All-Water Fishing License includes resident or non-resident fishing license valid for the selected day or days purchased. 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 license only.

License Package 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, you will be able to purchase a saltwater endorsement, and conversely, if you own any valid saltwater fishing package you will be able to purchase a freshwater endorsement.

Disabled Veteran Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package

(Type 502):
FREE

Available to a resident or non-resident qualifying as a disabled veteran. Disabled veteran means a veteran with a service-connected disability, as defined by the Veterans Administration, consisting of the loss of the use of a foot or leg or a disability rating of 50% or more, and who is receiving compensation from the U.S. for the disability. Official proof of disability (issued by the V.A.) must be shown when applying for this license and must state the rate of disability. Includes all five state endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, migratory game bird, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag, and upland game bird). The Federal Duck Stamp is not included.

Lake Texoma License

(Type 208):
$12

With this license, which is valid until December 31 following the date of issuance, a person may fish in both the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma without any additional Texas or Oklahoma fishing licenses, endorsements or stamps. A Texas resident 65 years of age or older does not need this license to fish in the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma. A Lake Texoma license is valid ONLY on Lake Texoma (see reservoir boundaries.)

Endorsements & Tags

Freshwater Fishing Endorsement

Type 256:
$5

This endorsement is required in addition to a valid 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 endorsement is not required. A freshwater fishing endorsement is included in freshwater and all-water fishing packages.

Saltwater Fishing Endorsement

Type 211:
$10

This endorsement is required in addition to a valid 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 endorsement is not required. A red drum tag shall be issued at no additional charge with each saltwater fishing endorsement. A saltwater fishing endorsement is included in saltwater and all-water fishing packages.

Red Drum Tag

Persons who want to obtain a red drum tag and are EXEMPT from fishing license requirements may purchase an Exempt Angler Red Drum Tag for $3.

This tag is required for an individual to take one red drum per license year over the maximum length limit of 28 inches, and is included free with the purchase of a saltwater fishing endorsement or any package that includes the saltwater fishing endorsement. See tagging information.

Bonus Red Drum Tag

Type 599:
$3

This tag is required for an individual to take an additional red drum per license year over the maximum length limit of 28 inches. Bonus tag can be purchased at any license sales location upon presenting a valid fishing license or other valid personal identification. Only one bonus tag allowed per person per year.

Saltwater Trotline Tag

Type 307:
$5

Required for each 300 feet, or fraction thereof, on all non-commercial trotlines and sail lines placed in the coastal waters of Texas. Available at TPWD Coastal Law Enforcement offices.

Individual Bait-shrimp Trawl Tag

Type 334:
$37

Required for trawls used to take shrimp for any purpose under a recreational license. Available at TPWD Coastal Law Enforcement offices.

Boat & Guide Licenses

Sport Oyster Boat License

Required when using a sport oyster dredge or tongs to take oysters

Resident (Type 328):
$13 - For boats registered in Texas or having a U.S. Coast Guard document that shows the owner's address is in Texas.
Non-resident (Type 428):
$51

Fishing Guide License

Required for any person who for compensation, accompanies, assists or transports any person engaged in fishing in the waters of the state. For fees and details, see Commercial Licenses or download the Commercial Fishing Guide.


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