Fishing Licenses and Packages

Resident Requirements

A resident fishing license is required of any resident who fishes in the public waters of Texas.

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 Requirements

A non-resident fishing license is required of all non-residents who fish in the public waters of Texas.

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.

Requirements for Aquatic Species

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.

Freshwater Packages

Includes a resident, senior resident, or non-resident fishing license valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31 of the same year and a freshwater endorsement. A saltwater endorsement may also be purchased.

Senior freshwater package is available to any Texas resident who is at least 65 years of age and was born on or after January 1, 1931.

Freshwater Packages
License Package Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Resident Freshwater Package Texas resident 231 $30 Buy online or Find a retailer
Senior Freshwater Package Texas resident 65 years and older 234 $12 Buy online or Find a retailer
Non-resident Freshwater Package Non-resident 250 $58 Buy online or Find a retailer

Saltwater Packages

Includes a resident, senior resident, or non-resident fishing license valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31 of the same year and a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag. A freshwater endorsement may also be purchased.

Senior saltwater package is available to any Texas resident who is at least 65 years of age and was born on or after January 1, 1931.

Saltwater Packages
License Package Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Resident Saltwater Package Texas resident 232 $35 Buy online or Find a retailer
Senior Saltwater Package Texas resident 65 years and older 235 $17 Buy online or Find a retailer
Non-resident Saltwater Package Non-resident 251 $63 Buy online or Find a retailer

All-Water Packages

Includes a resident, senior resident, or non-resident fishing license, a freshwater endorsement, and a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag.

All-water package licenses are valid from the date of sale to Aug. 31 of the same year. Year-from-purchase all-water packages are valid from the date of purchase through the end of the purchase month of the next license year.

Senior All-Water Package is available to any Texas resident who is at least 65 years of age and was born on or after January 1, 1931.

All-Water Packages
License Package Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Resident All-Water Package Texas resident 233 $40 Buy online or Find a retailer
Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package Texas resident 237 $47 Buy online or Find a retailer
Senior All-Water Package Texas resident 65 years and older 236 $22 Buy online or Find a retailer
Non-resident All-Water Package Non-resident 252 $68 Buy online or Find a retailer

All-Water Licenses

Special resident all-water fishing license is 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 license includes a 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.

All-Water Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
One-Day All-Water License Texas resident 213 $11 Buy online or Find a retailer
Special Resident All-Water Fishing License Texas resident who is legally blind 244 $7 Purchase at TPWD headquarters or a law enforcement sales office
One-Day All-Water License Non-resident 214 $16 Buy online or Find a retailer

Fishing Guide Licenses

Fishing Guide Licenses are 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.

Fishing Guide Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Freshwater Fishing Guide License Texas resident and non-resident 600 $132 Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office
Resident All-Water Fishing Guide License Texas resident 610 $210 Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office
Resident All-Water Paddle-craft Fishing Guide License Texas resident 650 $210 Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office
Non-resident All-Water Fishing Guide License Non-resident 710 $1,050 Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office
Non-resident All-Water Paddle-craft Fishing Guide License Non-resident 750 $1,050 Purchase at a TPWD law enforcement sales office

Lake Texoma License

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.

Lake Texoma License
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Lake Texoma License Texas resident and non-resident 208 $12 Buy online or Find a retailer

Sport Oyster Boat Licenses

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. Available only at TPWD HQ or Law Enforcement offices.

The resident sport oyster boat license is 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.

The non-resident sport oyster boat license is 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.

Sport Oyster Boat Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Resident Sport Oyster Boat License Texas resident 328 $13 Purchase at TPWD headquarters or a law enforcement sales office
Non-resident Sport Oyster Boat License Non-resident 428 $51 Purchase at TPWD headquarters or a law enforcement sales office

Lifetime Fishing Licenses and Tags

Lifetime licenses and tags are available to Texas residents and are valid for the lifetime of the license holder.