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Fishing License Kentucky [How to, Where to, When]

Anglers older than fifteen years of age must possess a valid Kentucky fishing license in order to fish in state waters. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is responsible for issuing fishing licenses as well as setting and enforcing fishing regulations in the state of Kentucky.

You can also obtain a Kentucky fishing license from an approved vendor including most sporting goods stores, tackle shops, marinas, and Walmart stores. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID or proof of age in order to process your information for the Kentucky fishing license, especially for youth and senior license purchases.

In this article, we will cover how to purchase a Kentucky license online as well as the age at which anglers are required to carry a fishing license. Additionally, we will review the cost of a fishing license and the special discounted price of a fishing license for senior citizens.

Kentucky Fishing License Online

You can purchase a license on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources online licensing and permit agent website. Licenses are valid from March 1 through the last day of February the following year.

You may enter your information on the website, and they will accept all major credit cards as well as gift certificates for forms of payment. Make sure you have access to a printer because you will need to print a paper copy of the license as soon as your payment is accepted online.

Kentucky Fishing License Age

All anglers sixteen and older, regardless of residential status, are required to possess a fishing license in order to fish in Kentucky state waters. Residents older than sixty-four also receive a special discount on a combination hunting and fishing license that is cheaper than the price of a residential annual fishing license.

Kentucky Fishing License Cost

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers a few different fishing licenses for varying time periods. The table below outlines the cost of fishing licenses for both residents and non-residents.

License Type

Resident Price

Non-Resident Price

One Day



Seven Day






Three Year



Kentucky residents also have the option of purchasing a joint or couple’s annual fishing license for only $42. Trout permits are required for all anglers who fish for trout and cost $10 for both residents and non-residents.

Combination fishing and hunting licenses are also available for Kentucky residents only at a cost of $42 per year. Sportsman’s licenses which include hunting, fishing, and various permits can be purchased for anglers ages 12 to 15 for $30, for anglers ages 16 to 64 for $95, and for anglers 65 and older or disabled anglers for $12.

Kentucky Fishing License Cost for Seniors

Senior residents aged sixty-five and older can purchase a sportsman’s license for only $12. This license includes hunting, fishing, and permits for turkey, migratory birds, waterfowl, deer, and trout. Non-residents are not eligible for this license.

And once you have your license and you’re ready to go…check out our guide to Trout Fishing in Kentucky! And if you need to learn some basic skills, not worry we have you covered, start right here.