State and Providence Regulations
Learn about state fishing regulations, especially if you plan on fishing on one of their inland lakes.
It is important that you have an understanding of a state’s fishing requirements, especially if you plan on fishing on one of their inland lakes. There are legal requirements that have been put in place all in an effort to protect the fish conservation and for angler’s safety.
Most states have regulations on catch-and-release, angling methods, lure and bait usage, boating requirements, licenses, fishing season, daily bag limits by species, length limits, possession limits, restricted fishing areas, fish consumption advisory, and mercury advisory just to name a few (mercury may be found in freshwater lakes – states may have some regulations as to how many fish may be eaten).
You may be planning a trip to another state and may want to fish on their inland lakes. Freshwater inland lakes provide a variety of species. It’s best to understand the type of species located in the lake.
Each state will require you to have a fishing license. You can most likely purchase your fishing license at any sporting good store located inside the state you plan on fishing at. You will be required to provide a photo ID. It’s important to remember that you always carry your photo ID with you.
Below are links to state resources. Please familiarize yourself so that you follow the requirements. Remember – the fish are waiting for you so have fun and follow the rules.
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 Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming