How do I get a fishing license and where do I get it?

If you haven’t fished this season, it’s time to buy a fishing license. Would you like to know how to get a fishing license? Go to your local tackle shop, town hall, or get one online. Here are the pros and cons for each location.

  • Online sales. Convenience is king and you can buy an online fishing license at any time of the day or night. Some websites, such as, provide information on government licenses, as well as information on fishing and fishing in articles, gear descriptions, detailed information on species and techniques, and videos teaching beginners about the different types of gear. how to throw and how to tie knots. You can also get information on how to register your boat
  • Tackle Shop: Still want to find another way to get a fishing license? Visiting your local tackle shop is like visiting good friends. Once you’ve bought a fishing license, you can try new rods, reels and baits. When the fishing season approaches, you can get the latest fishing reports. A trip to the shop is also ideal to hand in rods or reels for repair. If you’re like me, you’ll leave with a wallet full of receipts.
  • Town hall: Of course, you can visit the town hall and buy a fishing license. But it’s not as fun or as informative as the other two options.

I was reminded that the fishing season is just around the corner. My daughter is out of school but she is itching to fish when she comes home for the summer. She asked how to get a fishing license and it made the most sense to buy a fishing license online. I’m sure we’ll go to the stores to get more done when she gets home too. And I can’t wait!

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Take Me Fishing program of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or

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