Every year, with the onset of hot sunny days, tens of thousands of Americans go fishing. Fishing in the USA can surely be called a national leisure activity. It is the most popular hobby of Americans after our pastime, baseball.
Fishing without a license is a malicious violation, which can be punished by a large fine and even imprisonment. Anyone who is going fishing should have a fishing license for this activity. The exception is made for fishermen who decide to use the services of private fishing vessels. In this case, the license is bought by the captain of the vessel and you only pay for the trip.
In all other cases, you must have a valid fishing permit. The license is issued for a period from 24 hours and up to 1 year, and strictly regulates the allowed number of fish caught as well as the type of fish, its size, fishing places (States) and dates of of the beginning and end of the fishing term. Every state is has varied rules and regulation, and although it is possible to avoid meeting fishing inspectors for the whole season, there have been cases when those fishing without a license were punished with serious fines.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is using the electronic system for issuing fishing licenses and permits. You can buy it online or in person at the agent points, for example, at Walmart.
How to purchase Walmart fishing license?
A Walmart fishing license can be obtained at any Walmart store in a very simple way:
- you will have to prove your identity and address by submitting a valid identification document with a photo and an official document confirming your address.
- then you will have to fill out a few forms and pay the license cost before it is granted.
You can get a fishing license irrespective your residence in a state, it only affects the final price of the license. Walmart fishing license cost will vary based on residency and non residency. View our State guide here. As long as you are at least 16 years old and have the above mentioned documents, you can obtain a Walmart fishing license online or in person, or at a number of fishing stores throughout the state.
You have to be ready to pay some additional costs if you want to get a duplicate or a hard card license. If you get a hard license, be sure to protect it with a Walmart fishing license holder.
Walmart Fishing License hours.
All you need to do is to find the closest Walmart store and make a purchase there. Walmart fishing license hours generally match normal store hours.
The cost of your Walmart Fishing License will depend on the period of its validity.
You can choose between the following options:
- fishing permission for 24-hours term
- fishing permission for a 5-day period
- an annual fishing license
- a lifetime fishing permit
The average cost of an annual fishing license is from $ 19 to $ 250. Price depends on many factors. For example, it matters what kind of fish you are going to fish and what you are going to do with it: take it with you or let it go back into the water (you will laugh, but most Americans catch fish only to let it go). When issuing you a license, store employees may even ask how often and with whom you are going to go fishing. In some states, you can even purchase a lifetime residents license.
Note that in some states an annual fishing license is expiring on the 31st of December no matter when it was purchased.
The following categories of people can get free fishing licenses:
When purchasing a fishing license, ask for a list of lakes and ponds for fishing in every state. Remember that in some places that are privately owned or belonging to the category of reserves, fishing is strictly prohibited. The following groups can fish safely without any form of a fishing license.
- Blind people living in the state of New York
- Current members of the American Army (for a period not exceeding 30 days)
- Regular patients at Veterans Hospitals
- American Indians living in reservations
- Children up to 16 years if they are accompanied by an adult with a valid fishing license
- In some cases, senior citizens
I hope this information was useful to help you obtain your Walmart fishing license. Check my blog for other useful and fun fishing tips and information; both on obtaining your fishing license and to learn fishing techniques 🙂