You Do Not Need a License If You Are:
-- Florida residents 65 years of age or older who possess either a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate, or proof of age and residency
-- A Florida resident who is 65 years old or older.
-- A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders. This does not include family members.
-- A Florida resident who is fishing for mullet in fresh water--with a valid Florida fresh water license.
-- A Florida resident who is fishing for saltwater fish in fresh water from land or from a structure fixed to the land.
-- Under 16 years of age.
-- Any resident fishing in the county of his or her residence with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines without a reel or other line retrieval mechanism (cane pole), for noncommercial purposes.
-- Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel freshwater fishing license.
-- Anyone fishing in a private fishing pond less than 20 acres. A private pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.
Anyone fishing in a private pond of 20 acres or more where the pond owner has purchased a fish pond license at a fee of $3 per surface acre.
-- A non-resident fishing from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
-- Any person fishing in their county of residence on the homestead of their spouse or minor child, or any minor child fishing on the homestead of their parent.
-- Anyone fishing in the St. Marys River or Lake Seminole (but not including tributary creeks
in Florida), who has a valid Georgia fishing license.
-- A holder of a valid commercial saltwater products license. (Only one person fishing under a vessel saltwater products license may claim the exemption on the vessel for which the saltwater product license is registered.)
-- Anyone fishing during Free Fishing Weekend, April 4-5, 2009.
-- Any person who has been accepted as a client for development services by AHCA (Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration) or any licensed provider of services through contract with AHCA, where such service involves the need, normally, for possession of saltwater fishing license and such service is provided as part of a court-decided rehabilitation program involving training in Florida's
A Florida resident who is certified permanently and totally disabled may obtain a "disabled persons certificate" which allows them to fish in both saltwater and freshwater at no charge from a county tax collector.
The money collected from freshwater fishing
licenses is used to improve and restore fish habitat and for
marine fisheries research, law enforcement, and public education
on marine resources.