5 Worldwide Fishing License Tips to Know

Whether you want to visit Australia’s Northern Territory to attack Barramundi or hop on a boat in the Bahamas to land your first bonefish on fly, you will need to acquire an international fishing license. It is important to remember that each country has different requirements and fees for fishing licenses. To help you purchase a non-resident fishing license for an international trip, there are a few guidelines that may aid you in the planning process.

Since you know how to find specific information about purchasing the right international fishing permit or license, you can begin planning your bucket list trip. Your best fishing memories have yet to be made!

  1. Use a reputable tour company or fishing outfitter to assist you with planning your international trip (including any international fishing permits or license details). They are familiar with all of the licensing requirements and fees that apply to your desired destination. In many cases, they can take care of all of the fishing license documents before your arrival.
  2. The current fishing regulations in the Bahamas state that fishing licenses are now required. However, most of the lodges, fishing areas, or tour guides that you book with have license forms. In that case, you can simply fill out the license form upon arrival and then pay the lodge or guide to complete your license.
  3. Since Hawaii and Alaska are both part of the United States and not considered international fishing destinations, you can purchase fishing permits for both online. However, if you are booking a fishing trip with a charter boat or a fishing guide, you should check with your captain or guide about the type of license you will need before you set off.
  4. If you are looking to obtain a Canadian International Fishing License, you need to take into account that each province or area has different licensing laws (just like our individual states). For example, in Ontario, the non-resident fishing license requirement has two parts: purchasing an outdoor card and purchasing a fishing license tag. Be sure to check the license requirements for the province or area where you plan to fish.
  5. When planning a trip to Australia it can be helpful to know that you can find international fishing license requirements for each state and area on their websites. These include but are not limited to: Fisheries and Aquaculture in New South Wales, Victorian Fisheries, Fisheries in Queensland, Fisheries in South Australia, Fisheries in Western Australia, Fisheries and Aquaculture in Tasmania, and Inland Fisheries in Tasmania, Fisheries in the Northern Territory, and Fisheries in the Australian Capital Territory.

Since you know how to find specific information about purchasing the right international fishing permit or license, you can begin planning your bucket list trip. Your best fishing memories have yet to be made!

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