Category: Tips & Advice

Texas Fishing Regulations

To fish in Texas, just like in any other state in the U.S.A., you need a license. There are some differences that set Texas aside from other regions, and one of them consists of the individuals that are exempt from requiring a permit. If you were born before 1931 or under the age of 17, you do not have to purchase a fishing license, but you do have to carry your ID with you, and you still have to abide by several rules. The same rules apply if you are younger than 17, or older than 65 and live in Louisiana or Oklahoma, which is to say that you do not need a license if you fall into one of these categories. There are several license packages you may have to consider if you want to make sure that you do not break the law and make the most of your purchase. These range from year packages to one-day all-water fishing licenses. There are also permits categorized depending on the water that you will do your angling in. For example, at the time that this article was written, a saltwater package cost thirty-five dollars while a freshwater one cost thirty. Any Texas resident on active duty in the Navy, Marines, U.S. Army, Air Force, State or National Guard, Reserves, or Coast Guard can apply for a free all-water fishing...

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Ohio Fishing Regulations

The state of Ohio has one of the most user-friendly websites if you want to learn more about getting a fishing license, the type of species you can target in the area, and the days where you’re allowed to do so. Some regulations apply to the entire state, whereas others are applicable in certain regions. Statewide, you are allowed to fish as much blue and flathead catfish under 35 inches as you can while that measuring 35 inches or larger is restricted to one fish per angler. You are allowed to fish up to five spotted, smallmouth, or largemouth bass with a minimum size of twelve inches. As for white, striped, and hybrid-striped bass, you can catch up to thirty in a day. There is no limit to catching any other fish with the exception of yellow perch, walleye, sauger, saugeye, muskellunge, lake sturgeon, and channel catfish. There are some free fishing days every year, and they are announced on the ODNR Division Wildlife page. For 2017, for example, these were May 6 and May 7. The cost of a fishing license at the time this article was written was more than reasonable given that you’d have to pay just nineteen dollars if you were a resident and forty dollars if you were a nonresident. This cost is for annual permits. Since a one-day fishing license costs eleven dollars,...

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Fishing Regulations in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of those unique places in the world and the United States where one can target an exceptional diversity of fish. From Muskellunge to Sunfish, sturgeon, bullheads, and crappie to smallmouth and largemouth bass; you name it, it can probably be caught in Wisconsin. One thing that you have to pay attention to, though, is the law, so that you are aware of its limitations. As is the case with any other state, here you’ll find that some species can be caught only in certain time spans. The many fishing seasons dates per species and year are available on the official Wisconsin DNR website. To make it even easier for anglers to find out whether they risk getting fined or breaking the law in any way, the website has even made available a searchable guide to Wisconsin hook and line fishing regulations. Both in Wisconsin and several other states in the U.S., it is illegal to target a species during the closed season. While some anglers might argue that this shouldn’t apply for catch and release, it actually does, so you best avoid certain fishing areas if you know that there’s a species you might accidentally catch. If the regulations do not specify a certain species with regard to whether it has an open season or not, it is illegal to fish for that species. Some of...

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Fishing Regulations in Washington

When it comes to angling in Washington, you need to make sure that you abide by several rules. First off, we recommend going online so that you check out the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website, particularly their section destined to Fishing and Shellfishing. There, you’ll find heaps of useful pieces of advice with regard to the species you can target in the state, when you can do so, and the kind of permits that you need. The pamphlet regarding sport fishing rules is also rather useful, as it can let you know what the statewide general rules are, various information pertaining to freshwater, marine, or shellfish or seaweed angling, as well as several special rules that are applied to some species or areas. Before we go on to some of the basic fishing regulations of this state, it’s important to note that you can always call the WDFW fishing hotline or check out the website so that you rest assured that you don’t break any laws. Both in Washington and a variety of other states in the U.S., the use of explosives, poison, or drugs of any kind is against the law. They may endanger the wildlife or the fish. The same goes for the use of fishing nets, which is prohibited. Bow and spear fishing are two techniques that are not allowed in this state, especially...

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Fishing Regulations in Pennsylvania

If you are just passing through or living in Pennsylvania at this time, we suggest you go online and do a bit of research before deciding to go on an angling adventure. The state’s Fish & Boat commission has a rather comprehensive website that can let you know everything you need to be aware of with regard to the law, opening days, fish-for-free days, as well as special regulation areas, special activity permits, notices, and the broad array of charter boats and guides that can be found in Pennsylvania. In case you have a specific preference regarding the species you want to target, the section on the best fishing waters in Pennsylvania can help you get started. Depending on your location or the fish you are after, you can target anything ranging from bluegill, common carp, and largemouth and smallmouth bass to trout, walleye, and catfish. In fact, one of the reasons that anglers should consider a visit to this state is that it is jam-packed with plenty of species that they can catch in an open season. Since a license is required in order for you to tend to your activity comfortably, we are going to tell you some of the basics you need to get it. First off, it’s worth noting that all people above the age of 16 need a license, and youth under this age...

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