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All persons freshwater fishing in Florida must possess a valid freshwater fishing license, with the following exemptions:

  1. Any individual under 16 years of age.
  2. Florida residents 65 years of age or older. You must carry your Florida driver’s license or proof of age and residency.
  3. Individuals fishing with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with reel or other line retrieval mechanism, such as a cane pole, for non commercial purposes. ( Note: A valid Fishing License is required to fish by any method in a Fish Management Areas).
  4. Residents who are totally and permanently disabled must present authorized disability statements with proof of residency.
  5. Military personnel who are residents of Florida and are home on leave for a period of 30 days or less and have valid orders in their possession.
  6. Any person who has been accepted by the Florida Department of Health as a client for developmental services, with proof (e.g., retardation).
  7. 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.
  8. Anyone fishing in their county of residence on their homestead or the homestead of their spouse or minor child, or any minor child fishing on the homestead of their parent.
  9. Other Related Information:

    Freshwater Fishing Rules and Regulations may be obtained by accessing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website. Information on seasons, limits, pictures of fish, and purchasing licenses online are some of the areas accessible.