Georgia Fishing License

Georgia Fishing License

Published: June 14, 2024

Brad Whitehead
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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division issues licenses for fishing privileges in fresh and saltwater and for hunting. A valid basic hunting or fishing license also provides access to state properties for other recreation such as hiking, birdwatching, and similar activities. Annual fishing or hunting licenses good for 365 days from its purchase date cost $15 each for state residents. Discounted short-term licenses from one to 10 days are also available for residents and non-residents. A basic one-day fishing license for non-residents is only $10.


Saltwater fishing requires a free Saltwater Information Permit (SIP) in addition to a basic fishing license. The SIP is valid for 365 days.

Mountain trout fishing requires a trout license in addition to the basic fishing license, and big game and migratory bird hunting (for example ducks and dove) requires additional licenses in addition to the basic hunting license. There are other requirements for fishing and hunting.





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Getting a fishing license in Georgia is a straightforward process that ensures you are legally permitted to fish in the state's abundant waters. Licenses can be easily purchased online through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website, at authorized local retailers, or at DNR offices. Various options are available, including short-term, annual, and lifetime licenses, catering to both residents and non-residents. The fees from these licenses support conservation efforts and maintain the state's fisheries. Before heading out, make sure to review any specific regulations and seasonal restrictions to ensure a successful and compliant fishing experience.

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