Buy your freshwater fishing license

If you're 15 or older, you need a fishing license before casting your line. Fees vary depending on your age, whether you're a state resident, and whether you have a disability.
All fishing licenses expire at the end of the calendar year


The Details


License type


Resident Fishing


Resident Minor Fishing (Age 15–17)


Resident Fishing (Age 65–69)


Resident Fishing (Age 70 or over)
Or paraplegic, blind, intellectually disabled*


Non-resident Fishing


Non-resident Fishing (3 day)


Resident Fishing (3 day)


Non-resident Fishing (Age 15–17)


Quabbin One Day Fishing


How to buy

Use the MassFishHunt system to buy your license online. If you use a smartphone to renew your fishing license, you can download and display it on your phone rather than printing a copy.

You can renew your freshwater license in person at license agent locations, which include:

  • Select retail stores—Most accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • MassWildlife offices—Only accept cash or checks.

Find a license vendor

More info

You have to bring your license with you when fishing, and either show a paper copy or display a true, complete, and legible image of your license on your smartphone if an official asks you to.

Residents with disabilities

If you are blind, have an intellectual disability, or have paraplegia and are applying for a license for the first time, you must:

               Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
               ATTN: Licensing
               251 Causeway St.
               Suite 400
               Boston, MA 02114

Your license will be mailed to you. After you've applied the first time, you’ll be able to renew and print your license online without submitting another form.



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