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Anglers who are 15 or older need a license to fish in Massachusetts’ inland waters. You can buy your license online through MassFishHunt or at an authorized license agent or a Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) office.
If you’re age 15 or older, you need a freshwater fishing license. The license fees vary depending on your age, where you live, and whether you have a disability.
Licenses are free for:
If you don’t qualify for a free license, you’ll pay:
If you’re under age 15, you don’t need a license to fish in freshwater.
There are 2 ways to get a freshwater fishing license.
You can buy a license online through MassFishHunt. There’s a $1.50 service fee and a 3 percent handling fee. If you use a smartphone to buy your license, you can download and display it on your phone rather than printing a copy.
You can buy a freshwater license in person at license agent locations, which include:
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
251 Causeway St.
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.
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.