In Pensacola, the answer to this question is no. But it’s always a good idea to have a Florida fishing license, whether you fish from the beach, pier, or boat. Not only is it quick and easy to obtain, but it contributes toward conservation efforts as well. Florida fishing licenses are required for most anglers and are available online, at local tax collectors’ offices and at bait-and-tackle shops, sporting goods stores and other places that sell recreational fishing gear.
Do You Need a Fishing License to Fish in Pensacola?
The general saltwater fishing season in Florida begins in January and runs through December. Inshore fishermen will find some species that are available year-round, including pensacola beach fishing charters, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper, and a variety of other species.
For those who do not have access to a boat and want to experience some inshore fishing, the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is a great option. With a length of more than 1,470 feet, this pier allows anglers to catch many of the same species that are found in the surf including Redfish, Trout, Pompano, Whiting and Spanish Mackerel.
The State of Florida’s fisheries management team maintains a comprehensive list of species that are legal to catch and that require a permit or exemption in order to be legally harvested. The State’s rules are also published in the official Florida Fishing Regulations book, available for free at most public libraries and at State of Florida Department of Natural Resources offices.