Do I need a license to fish in our lakes?

A license is needed to take fish from the lakes, regardless of intent to harvest or release their catch, unless the person meets the exemptions listed. Learn more about permits managed by FWC.

  • Active military personnel stationed in Florida
  • Age 65+
  • Disabled veterans
  • If using a "cane-pole" in the county of your residence
  • Residents who are permanently and totally disabled
  • Under the age of 16

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1. Can I use herbicide/clear vegetation from my lakeshore?
2. Can I create a sandy “beach” on my lakeshore?
3. Where can I get plants for my lakeshore?
4. Are there alligators in my lake or pond? Are they dangerous?
5. What should I do if I see injured/deceased wildlife?
6. Do I need a license to fish in our lakes?
7. What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?
8. Why/How can I conserve water on my property?
9. What do I do if I witness dumping into a lake, river, or drain?
10. Are there rules on tree planting, removal, and maintenance?