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Do Kids Need a Fishing License

15 is average age that states start requiring a fishing license for kids. Hawaii is the only state that requires a license for all ages. Below you can find your state’s fishing license requirements for kids.

StateWhat Age Kids Need a Fishing License
AlabamaKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Alabama.
AlaskaIn Alaska residents 17 years old and younger don't need a fishing license. Non-residents 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license.
ArizonaKids 9 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Arizona.
ArkansasKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Arkansas.
CaliforniaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in California.
ColoradoKids 17 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Colorado.
ConnecticutKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Connecticut.
DelawareKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Delaware.
FloridaKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Florida.
GeorgiaKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Georgia.
HawaiiAll ages must have a fishing license in Hawaii.
IdahoKids 14 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Idaho.
IllinoisKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Illinois.
IndianaKids 17 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Indiana.
IowaKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Iowa.
KansasKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Kansas.
KentuckyKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Kentucky.
LouisianaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Louisiana.
MaineKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Maine.
MarylandKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Maryland.
MassachusettsKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Massachusetts.
MichiganKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Michigan.
MinnesotaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Minnesota.
MississippiKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Mississippi.
MissouriKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Missouri.
MontanaKids 11 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Montana.
NebraskaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Nebraska.
NevadaKids 11 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Nevada.
New HampshireKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in New Hampshire.
New JerseyKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in New Jersey.
New MexicoKids 11 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in New Mexico.
New YorkKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in New York.
North CarolinaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in North Carolina.
North DakotaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in North Dakota.
OhioKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Ohio.
OklahomaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Oklahoma.
OregonKids 11 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Oregon.
PennsylvaniaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Pennsylvania.
Rhode IslandKids 14 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Rhode Island.
South CarolinaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in South Carolina.
South DakotaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in South Dakota.
TennesseeKids 12 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Tennessee.
TexasKids 16 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Texas.
UtahKids 11 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Utah.
VermontKids 14 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Vermont.
VirginiaKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Virginia.
WashingtonKids 14 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Washington.
West VirginiaKids 14 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in West Virginia.
WisconsinKids 15 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Wisconsin.
WyomingKids 13 years old and younger don't need a fishing license in Wyoming.

Do I need a fishing license to take my child fishing?

Adults do not need a fishing license if they are only supervising the child. If you’re assisting in any way you will need a license of your own.

Many states have other exceptions on who needs a fishing license that you might be eligible for.

Note: State laws are subject to change through the passage of new legislation, ballot initiatives, rulings in courts, and other means. While we strive to provide the most up to date information available, please consult a lawyer or verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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