Official Texas Fishing Licenses and Endorsements

 

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. In addition, recreational anglers must have a Texas fishing license and saltwater endorsement to possess in state water any fish taken in federal waters or possess fish on a vessel in the tidal waters of Texas(see Fishing in Federal Waters) or possess fish on a vessel in the tidal waters of Texas.

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Resident Fishing Licenses

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

Resident Fishing Licenses Item Fee
Freshwater Package 231 $30
Saltwater Package 232 $35
All-Water Package 233 $40
Senior Freshwater Package 234 $12
Senior Saltwater Package 235 $17
Senior All-Water Package 236 $22
Special Resident All-Water License 244 $7
Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package 237 $47
One-Day All-Water License 213 $11

If you purchase any valid freshwater fishing package, you can also purchase a saltwater endorsement. If you purchase any valid saltwater fishing package, you can also purchase a freshwater endorsement.

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Resident Fishing License Exceptions

A license/package is not required for the following residents:

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

Non-resident Fishing Licenses

Required of all non-residents who fish in the public waters of Texas.

Non-Resident Fishing Licenses Item Fee
Freshwater Package 250 $58
Saltwater Package 251 $63
All-Water Package 252 $68
One-Day All-Water License 214 $16

If you purchase any valid freshwater fishing package, you can also purchase a saltwater endorsement. If you purchase any valid saltwater fishing package, you can also purchase a freshwater endorsement.

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Non-resident Fishing License Exceptions

Licenses/Packages are not required for:

  • non-residents 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.

Fishing License and Package Descriptions

License Year Fishing Packages (Resident and Non-resident)
Include a resident, senior resident, special resident or non-resident fishing license valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31 of the same year, and either a freshwater endorsement, a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag, or both endorsements, depending on the package selected.
Senior Resident Fishing Packages
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
Available to any Texas resident who is legally blind. Endorsements are not required for this license. Includes one red drum tag.
One-Day All-Water Fishing License
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 is available at no additional charge with purchase of the first one-day license only.
Year-from-Purchase All-Water Fishing Package (Texas residents only) 
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.
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.
Lake Texoma License
$12 (Type 208)
With this license, 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. A Texas resident 65 years of age or older does not need this license to fish in the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma. Lake Texoma license is valid ONLY on Lake Texoma.
Resident Sport Oyster Boat License
$13 (Type 328)
For boats with a current registration in Texas or having a current certificate of documentation from the U.S. Coast Guard that shows the owner’s address is in Texas.
Non-resident Sport Oyster Boat License
$51 (Type 428)
For boats with a current registration NOT in Texas or having a current certificate of documentation from the U.S. Coast Guard that shows the owner’s address NOT in Texas. Available only at TPWD HQ or Law Enforcement offices.
Required when using a sport oyster dredge or tongs to harvest oysters recreationally. For this license only, residency is based on the boat's records.

Endorsements & Tags

Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
$5 (Type 256)
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, this endorsement is not required. This endorsement is automatically included as part of the freshwater package, all-water fishing package, lifetime combination and lifetime fishing license.
Saltwater Fishing Endorsement
$10 (Type 211)
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, this endorsement is not required. A red drum tag will be issued at no additional charge with each saltwater fishing endorsement. This endorsement is automatically included as part of the saltwater package, all-water fishing package, lifetime combination and lifetime fishing license.
Red Drum Tag
Included in Package
Required to take one red drum longer than 28 inches per license year. Included with the purchase of a saltwater fishing endorsement or any package that includes the saltwater fishing endorsement  See tagging information. Anglers who want a red drum tag and are EXEMPT from fishing license requirements may purchase an Exempt Angler Tag
(Item 257) for $3.
Bonus Red Drum Tag
$3 (Type 599)
Required to take an additional red drum longer than 28 inches per license year. Can be purchased at any license sales location. Only one allowed per angler per year.
Saltwater Trotline Tag
$5 (Type 307)
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
$37 (Type 334)
Required for trawls used to take shrimp for any purpose under a recreational license. Available at TPWD Coastal Law Enforcement offices.

License Requirements for Border Waters

ALL fish landed in Texas must comply with Texas bag and length limits. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Texas-Arkansas
  • In Arkansas waters of the Red River, requirements of that state apply.
Texas-Oklahoma
  • In Oklahoma waters of the Red River, requirements of that state apply.
  • A person may fish in Texas or Oklahoma waters on Lake Texoma only with the appropriate license from Texas or Oklahoma, unless the person possesses a Lake Texoma fishing license.
  • A person must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish from the Texas bank from Denison DamDenison Dam to Shawnee Creek map to Shawnee Creek (south of the line between border markers 1 and 2 on the map illustration). GPS coordinates are as follows: Marker 1(Lat 33.81892, Long -96.56806), Marker 2 (Lat 33.81986, Long -96.5556). An Oklahoma fishing license is required to wade-fish or fish from a boat in these waters.
  • An Oklahoma resident 65 years of age or older is exempt from fishing license requirements in Texas, including on Lake Texoma.
  • The upstream boundary of Lake Texoma is at Latitude 33°54.426’; Longitude -96°59.114’.
Texas-Louisiana
Residents of either state, who are properly licensed in their state (or are exempt because of age), or persons who hold valid non-resident fishing licenses issued by either state may fish in any portion of the lakes and rivers forming a common boundary between Louisiana and Texas inland from a line across Sabine Pass between Texas Point and Louisiana Point. Fish landed in Texas must adhere to the Texas bag and length limits.
Texas-Mexico
Border States Include Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua
A recreational fishing license or Permiso de Pesca Deportiva [managed by the Mexican federal agency CONAPESCA (Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca)] is required to fish in Mexican waters. Recreational anglers can buy permits for a single day, week, month or year.

Free Fishing Opportunities

Free Fishing Day: June 6, 2020

On the first Saturday in June of each year, everyone can fish recreationally without licenses or endorsements. This opportunity exists so that more people can try fishing for the first time. If you already have your license, thank you for your support! Please consider inviting a friend or family member to join you.

Fishing in State Parks

Anglers can also enjoy free fishing all year at more than 70 state parks (park entry fees still apply). All other fishing regulations, such as length and bag limits, remain in effect. A fishing license and endorsement are not required if fishing on state park property or in waters completely enclosed by a state park. On man-made structures (docks, piers, jetties, etc.) within state parks, fishing is allowed by pole-and-line only, and each person is limited to two poles. Please check with the park before participating in any fishing activity and to confirm any additional regulations. Learn more about free fishing in state parks.

Fishing on Private Property

A fishing license is not required to fish on waters completely enclosed within private property.