Buy a freshwater fishing license

Are you ready to bait your hook and cast a line in one of the hundreds of rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds in Massachusetts? First you’ll need a freshwater fishing license.

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Overview

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.

Fees

$27.50
for residents

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:

  • $27.50 if you’re a state resident
  • $16.25 if you’re a state resident age 65–69
  • $37.50 if you don’t live in Massachusetts
  • $11.50 if you don’t live in Massachusetts and are age 15–17

If you’re under age 15, you don’t need a license to fish in freshwater.

How to

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:

  • Select retail stores — Most accept cash, checks, and credit cards. There’s a $1.50 convenience fee, and stores may charge an additional service fee of up to $1.50.
  • MassWildlife offices — Only accept cash or checks. There are no additional fees.

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.

More info

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.

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