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Information about Fishing in the Florida Panhandle, Florida Fishing License Information and Fees


Florida residents, nonresidents and recreational divers must have a saltwater fishing license unless covered by one of the following exemptions:

Any individual under the age of 16

Florida Resident fishing in saltwater from land or form a structure affixed to the land.

Any individual fishing from a vessel issued a Vessel Saltwater Fishing License, such as our charter boats.

Any person 65 years of age or older who holds a valid Florida Drivers License or valid Florida Voter Registration Card.

Any Florida resident who is a member of the Armed Forces while home on leave for less than 30 days, with valid orders in his or her possession.

Any individual who has been accepted by the Florida Department of Health and Services for developmental services.

A Florida resident who has been declared totally and permanently disabled shall be entitled to receive, without charge from the county tax collector, a permanent saltwater fishing license.


Anyone can Fish in the Florida Panhandle! You can fish right off the pier and catch Pompano, Whiting, Channel Bass, Sheepshead, Blue Runner, Bluefish, Sail Cat, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Cobia, Bonito, Jack Crevalle.

It's not necessary does not require the use of a boat. Many species of sport fish are caught in the Florida Panhandle's Emerald Coast waters off of the beach pier and jetty with live bait, frozen bait, and artificial baits . This type of fishing in the Gulf is best between April, when the first Pompano arrive and is good all the way through October.

Fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay and its bayous is good year-round. You can expect to catch Speckled Sea Trout, Sheepshead, White Trout, Channel Bass, Red fish, Sail Cat, Bluefish, and Flounder. If Crabbing is your interest, you can find succulent Florida Blue Crabs right along the shore of the bay.


NonResidents Residents
License Cost License Cost
3-day $5 10-day $10
7-day $15 1-year $12
1-year $30 5-year $60

Enjoy the Things To Do in Ft Walton Beach, FL and the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle!

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