Fishing Regulations – U.S. States

Last Updated: 17.05.19

We thought it might be helpful for our fellow anglers to find out what local rules and regulations they should abide by to avoid getting in trouble with the law. Lots of our website visitors have asked us time and again whether we didn’t have any posts on these regulations, so we eventually made a series that includes them all.

In the pages below, you’ll find info about what you can and can’t do when you go fishing, any restrictions regarding the species you could target depending on the time of year, and the approximate cost of a fishing license.

Needless to say, the price is subject to changes as we included that bit of information at the time we wrote the articles.

You will also find out whether you need a fishing license if you are under the age of 16 (in most states, you don’t, but be sure to check with the US Department of Fish and Wildlife website of the state you reside in) or over the age of 65.

You will also learn whether there are any limits as to the number of fish you can get home with (in many places, fishing is allowed as long as you practice catch and release). Without further ado, here is the list.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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