Ice fishing license info

In the northern United States, the potential ice fishing time is rapidly approaching. It's a completely different ball game, with safety as a first concern. Make sure your ice fishing license has not expired while you shiver and wait for at least 2 inches of ice to form.

Yes, an ice fishing license is required, but it is not a separate license. It's covered with your standard fishing license. I once heard a frustrated ice fisherman grumble that maybe there should be a discount if he can't cast. Although the comment was obviously made in jest to clarify, simply dropping a line with a hook, even without a pole, either through an ice hole or from a dock, still counts as fishing. So you need a currently valid license to count as your ice fishing license.

In states such as Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, the dates for an annual fishing license are for the standard calendar year January 1 through December 31. However, other states seem to have more random data. So stay tuned. For example, an annual Colorado license runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year, with a Texas license beginning in September. On the other hand, an ice fishing license is rarely required in Texas.

If you are new to fishing and are wondering how much a fishing license costs, visit your state's official fishing website. You will also find information on a one-day fishing pass or longer as well as license costs for non-residents for your guests. Some northern states have included free catch dates in the ice fishing season. This could be a way for someone to avoid issuing an ice fishing license before obtaining a license for periods when the water is more likely to be liquid. For example, North Dakota is December 28th and 29th, while Wisconsin is the third weekend of January (18-19), and Maine is December 15-16. February is.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After acquiring a B.S. In zoology at OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the state of Iowa and in the state of Michigan.

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