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Do you need a fishing license when fishing on private property (not owned by you) or only on public property?

Question by small game sportsman. Uploaded on July 25, 2012

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from Matt McKinney wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I'm afraid the answer is, "It depends." Fishing laws are typically state laws, so your state of residence is important to know. I can tell you that here is MS, "privately owned ponds and streams" are exempt from the license requirement. However,what makes a "stream" "privately owned" is also a matter of state law.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I take people without em all the time to ponds privatly owned, but they are also way out in the boondocks

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

In WV you need a fishing license to fish in a private pond not owned by you or your parents. Each state is different. Check your state's regulations or call your local Conservation Officer or DNR office.

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from santa wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

And remember that fishing licenses do not cross state lines, so if the pond or private lake is on a state line, you may even need two licenses to fish it, one for each state.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Ditto above, questions like this are best addressed to your local DNR office.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

In Colorado, in privately owned, privately stocked waters, you do not need a license. If the fish are present naturally, or if it's a river or creek with publicly accessible sections, you need a license.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Texas it does. The gamewardens in the Lone Star State can go everywhere they want. If they are investigating hunting and fishing violations.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

You need to ask local game wardens... If you are in NC form what I understand you can fish with live bait in your own county without a license. Your state may have the same type of laws. Always ask before you go because those tickets are expensive.

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from Matt McKinney wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I'm afraid the answer is, "It depends." Fishing laws are typically state laws, so your state of residence is important to know. I can tell you that here is MS, "privately owned ponds and streams" are exempt from the license requirement. However,what makes a "stream" "privately owned" is also a matter of state law.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Ditto above, questions like this are best addressed to your local DNR office.

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from fezzant wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

In Colorado, in privately owned, privately stocked waters, you do not need a license. If the fish are present naturally, or if it's a river or creek with publicly accessible sections, you need a license.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I take people without em all the time to ponds privatly owned, but they are also way out in the boondocks

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

In WV you need a fishing license to fish in a private pond not owned by you or your parents. Each state is different. Check your state's regulations or call your local Conservation Officer or DNR office.

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from santa wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

And remember that fishing licenses do not cross state lines, so if the pond or private lake is on a state line, you may even need two licenses to fish it, one for each state.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Texas it does. The gamewardens in the Lone Star State can go everywhere they want. If they are investigating hunting and fishing violations.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

You need to ask local game wardens... If you are in NC form what I understand you can fish with live bait in your own county without a license. Your state may have the same type of laws. Always ask before you go because those tickets are expensive.

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