In Oklahoma, the state requires a fishing license for all residents and non-residents over the age of sixteen unless fishing on private property that does not include the Red River. Land Access Permits are required to fish in the Three Rivers and Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Areas.
In this article, we’ll go over who is required to hold a fishing license in the state of Oklahoma and the various exemptions for both residents and non-residents. We’ll also provide the website for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation where you can purchase your fishing license online.
What are the Resident Exemptions for Fishing Licenses in Oklahoma?
Residents who have a disability that confines them to a wheelchair or makes them unable to move under their own power are exempt from holding a fishing license in Oklahoma. This also holds for veterans with at least a 60 percent disability.
Residents of Oklahoma who are younger than sixteen years old do not need a fishing license. Likewise, residents of Oklahoma younger than eighteen and older than sixty-four years old do not need to purchase a Land Access Permit in order to fish in the Three Rivers and Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Areas.
Any resident who is fishing on his or her private property or within the boundaries of his or her resident county while using trotline, pole-and-line, or throw line fixed with bait other than blood, cut fish, artificial or commercial bait, shrimp, or stink bait does not need to possess a fishing license.
What are the Non-resident Exemptions for Fishing Licenses in Oklahoma?
Non-residents younger than fourteen years old or sixteen years old if residing in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, Kansas, Illinois, Delaware, California, Arizona, or Alabama are exempt from holding a fishing license in the state of Oklahoma.
Likewise, non-residents from Texas who are older than sixty-four years of age do not need an Oklahoma fishing license.
Are There Any Other Exemptions for Fishing Licenses in Oklahoma?
Other exemptions from holding a license in Oklahoma which encompasses both residents and non-residents include Job Corps trainees, those participating in Wildlife Department approved educational events, physically impaired or legally blind persons and their accompanying helper, and any patient of a state institution and their guardian.
Minors under eighteen in a child care facility’s custody or the legal custody of Oklahoma don’t need a license.
Where Can You Purchase a License for Oklahoma?
You can purchase Oklahoma fishing from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website: https://license.gooutdoorsoklahoma.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx?utm_source=wildlifedepartmentcom;utm_medium=website;utm_campaign=fishingresources.
Annual fishing licenses are available for both residents and non-residents of Oklahoma. Two-day licenses are available for purchase by residents. One or six-day licenses are available for purchase by non-residents of Oklahoma. There are also special lifetime, disability, and youth annual fishing licenses available for purchase.
Check out our page for more information on getting your license.