Who needs a freshwater fishing license?

Before you cast your line, you need to get a fishing license if you’re age 15 or older.

If you are 15 years of age or older, you need a license to fish. Licenses are FREE for Massachusetts residents 15-17 years of age, and those 70 and over.

You need to carry your license when fishing

You must carry your license with you when fishing, either as a paper copy or on your smartphone. If asked, anglers have to display a true, complete, and legible image of a valid license.

Licenses expire each year on Dec. 31. You can renew your license online at MassFishHunt or print a duplicate copy if you’ve lost it.

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.

Additional Resources for Residents with disabilities

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