License, permit, and issuance fees and exemptions are established by the Legislature. In addition to the cost of licenses and permits specified in this section, license agents currently charge a 50-cent issuance fee for selling licenses or permits.
Licensing requirements follow the species of fish you are fishing for, regardless of where you are fishing. For example, anglers fishing for and possessing largemouth bass in brackish water need a freshwater license; anglers fishing for saltwater species in fresh water (e.g., spotted sea trout, red drum, snook, or American shad) need a saltwater license to possess these species. An exception is that when fishing in fresh water with a freshwater license (or legal exemption) you may take mullet without a saltwater license (seasons and sizes follow the saltwater fishing rules). See fishing license exemptions, but remember anyone can buy a license to contribute to conservation.
The law generally requires a fishing license if you are between 16 and 65 years old. However, many anglers know buying a license helps fund fish and wildlife conservation and voluntarily buy one as a way of showing their stewardship ethic. By law, fishing license fees are only used by FWC for implementing the mission of “managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.”