Each U.S. state is allowed to have their own set of rules and regulations for fishing public and private bodies of water. These steps demonstrate how to research what sort of license is required for you to fish in the state of your choice.
Do I Need a License?
1. Decide in which state you want to go fishing
2. Search the internet for the parks and wildlife web site for your desired state.
3. Locate the state regulations for fishing. If the web site does not list the information you need, call the parks and wildlife department.
4. Purchase the necessary license for the type of fishing you want to enjoy.
Tips: Most states generally require a fishing license for all public water. Fishing holes surrounded by private land generally do not need a fishing license.
Warnings: You must obtain permission from landowners to fish on private bodies of water. Each state requires a specific license. You cannot use the same license in each state.