Oklahoma Fishing Licenses Requirements
Before heading out to any of Oklahoma's 200+ lakes, remember:
- All residents and non-residents need a fishing license to take, attempt to take, or possess fish in Oklahoma.
- Always carry your license or proof of an exemption when fishing.
- If fishing in waters within the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas, a valid Land Access Permit is also required in addition to the fishing license.
Fishing License Exemptions
Oklahoma residents exempt from the fishing license include:
- Those under 16 years old.
- Resident owners, tenants, and some family members fishing in private ponds they own/lease.
- Veterans with 60% or more disability.
- Fishermen using pole and line, trotline, or throw line in specific areas with certain baits.
- Non-ambulatory individuals confined to wheelchairs.
- Oklahoma residents who are younger than 18 on January 1 or anyone 64 and older (Exempt from the Land Access Permit for Honobia Creek and Three Rivers WMAs).
To claim exemptions, one must qualify as a resident. This means residing in Oklahoma for at least 60 days before the license application. For lifetime license applicants, six months of residency is required.
- Individuals under 14 years old.
- Those under 16 from specific states.
- Anglers 65 and older from Texas.
Residents and Non-Residents
General exemptions for all:
- Legally blind or physically impaired individuals and one companion.
- Persons under 18 in the custody of the state or its agencies.
- Those fishing during Oklahoma’s Free Fishing Days (e.g., June 5 and 6 in 2021).
- Patients of certain state institutions or developmentally disabled individuals in specific circumstances.
- Job Corps trainees.
- Participants in certain aquatic education events or clinics.
Types of Fishing Licenses
Available licenses for Oklahoma residents:
- Youth annual
- Senior citizen fishing
- Lake Texoma
- Combination fishing and hunting
Licenses for non-residents:
- Lake Texoma
Oklahoma Fishing License Fees
License fees help maintain the fishing ecosystem for future generations. The rates may vary annually. Check the Oklahoma fishing regulations published by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for the latest fees.
Where to Buy Your Oklahoma Fishing License
The most convenient method is online through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website. Create an account to make a purchase.
Alternatively, licenses are available from agents. A comprehensive list of agents is available on the website, searchable by proximity or location.