Purchasing your fishing license online these days make more sense for two reasons. First is the obvious convenience of getting your license from the comfort of your own home. Second, you can print out multiple copies of your license. This allows you to have one in your
- glove box of your car or truck
- fishing vest
- tackle box
- just about anywhere
All fifty states are listed below with links to where you can purchase a fishing license online. Please note that the included links change from time to time and thus may "break" our links. If you find any problems with the links or the information on this page please us to let us know.
A Word Of Caution About Fishing Licenses
Everyone pretty much knows they need to have a fishing license to fish in Indiana (if you are 16 or older). However, many people do not realize they have to have their license on them while they fish.
"License holders must carry their license while fishing and present it to a conservation officer (or any authorized law enforcement official) upon request. There are fines and penalties for fishing without a license." - DNR Web Site
At our recent Let's Go Fishin' outing an officer from the Indiana DNR stopped by and checked people for their licenses. For those who had their licenses on them all was OK. For those who did not the officer was able to radio the main office to double check records to see if the individual had actually purchased a license. If so, he simply issued a warning, other wise a fine. The officer stated that the latest technology is nice because it allows them to double check purchased licenses and end up handing out less fines.
Even though they can look up you purchase record, keep in mind your really need to have your license with you. We recommend you purchase your license online and print multiple copies. Then you can place on in all your vest, hip bags, tackle boxes, etc... Also place on in each glove box of your vehicles. This way you always have one.
Lastly, it is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations for the waters you fish. You can get a downloadable copy of the Indiana fishing regulations here. They change every year so always double check before you go fishing.