If you love fishing, having a suspended fishing license can be devastating. Keep your passion and privileges on the water active by being careful how you could possibly lose them.
If you revoke your fishing license, you will not be able to fish even on free fishing weekends. While every state has different laws and regulations, check out a few examples that you should do so that you can keep up with them.
- Obey all state and federal fishing laws and regulations. Violation of the hunting or fishing laws can lead to the suspension of your fishing license. To avoid suspension, always check your state’s fishing regulations, as well as any specific laws that may apply to specific waterways you plan to fish on.
- Show respect for all fish, wildlife, and fisheries. If it is found that the conservation of fish or wildlife has been deliberately disregarded, your fishing license can be revoked. It is a criminal offense to seriously harm the fishing industry or the competitiveness of other anglers
- Pay child support. In some states, you may be subject to a suspended fishing license if you are in arrears with child support payments.
- Only take in fish and wildlife using legal methods as set out in your state’s regulations. In the state of Florida, for example, wild fish can only be caught with a rod and line or rod and reel. In addition, Florida law states that freshwater fish must not be caught with free-floating, unattached equipment, or with fish or wildlife with firearms, explosives, electricity, harpoon, poison, or other chemicals. Know the legal methods in your state.
In addition to these examples, be sure to purchase a fishing license prior to your fishing trips or renew your existing license to ensure it is valid. Avoid revoking your fishing license by always fishing legally and responsibly.