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Tennessee Fishing Licenses

Go TWRA Mobile Web ApplicationThe hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, online, and from all TWRA offices.

Hunting and fishing license sales and federal excise taxes comprise almost 100 percent of the TWRA's operating funds. Thank you for buying a hunting and fishing license. Without your support, Tennessee would not have the abundance of fish and wildlife that we all enjoy.

 

Fishing License Requirements

Who Must Have a Tennessee Fishing License? 

If you take fish or attempt to take fish (including crayfish) by any method or if you assist someone else to do so, you must have a valid fishing license. There are some exceptions:

No Fishing License Needed If:

  • You are under 13 years of age (resident or nonresident).
  • Landowners, their spouses and children, who fish on their farmland which is owned by an individual or a family.  Landowners, their spouses and children must be residents of Tennessee but need not reside on the land.
  • Tenants, their spouses and dependent children who fish on farmland owned by an individual or a family. Tenants, their spouses and dependent children must be residents of Tennessee and must actually reside on the land and have permission of the landowner to fish. A tenant is a person who, for money or free rent, or other consideration, cares for farmland. The tenancy must be agricultural in nature.
  • Resident grandchildren (under 16) and resident great-grandchildren (under 16) who fish on farmland which is owned by their resident grandparents or great-grandparents.
  • First cousins who own farmland jointly or in common may fish on the farmland. Their children may fish as well.
  • You are on military leave, carrying a copy of your leave orders. A pass does not meet this requirement.
  • You are a resident who was born before March 1, 1926. (To qualify for this exemption, you must carry proof of your age and residency to show to a wildlife officer, if requested.)
  • It's Free Fishing Day!
  • It's Free Fishing Week! Children all ages 15 and younger can fish free during free fishing week.

Farmland Owner License Exemption

Persons hunting without a license under a resident farmland owner exemption must complete and sign a statement, attesting where the property is located and how this land qualifies for a landowner exemption. Persons may complete the form in advance and carry it with them while hunting or they may complete the form when requested in the field by a TWRA official or when checking game. Resident landowners and their children hunting on their parent's land under this exemption are also exempt from Hunter Education Certification requirements.

Resident Licenses

Resident Fishing License Qualifications

  • Persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver's license. Tennessee state law requires drivers to obtain a Tennessee driver's license within 30 days of residency. Out-of-state drivers license only accepted for Military Personnel and Students meeting the criteria below:
    • Military personnel on active duty in this state and their immediate families, who reside with them, regardless of resident status.
    • Students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college, or university for at least six months (must present a student ID card or other proof of enrollment

  • Persons who do not drive or do not possess a valid driver’s license from another state, but who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee their permanent home, may prove residency by presenting to a TWRA license agent any two of the following documents:
    • Current Tennessee voter registration card
    • Current Tennessee vehicle registration or title
    • Form I-94 issued by the US Citizenship & Immigration Service
    • Current rental/mortgage contract or receipt including deed of sale for property or receipt for payment of Tennessee real estate taxes within last year

A Social Security Number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license

Type Description Cost
001 Annual Hunting & Fishing Combination
Minimum license required to fish and/or hunt small game
$28.00
002 Jr. Hunt, Fish & Trap (Ages 13-15)
Good for hunting all game, fishing, and trapping. Must be purchased prior to 16th birthday. No supplemental licenses are required, but special season and WMA permits will need to be purchased in addition to this license.
$8.00
020 County of Residence Fishing
This license allows an angler to fish in his/her county of residence with natural bait (worms, crickets, corn, etc.), but not minnows. No artificial baits can be used. A supplemental license (Type 022) is required to fish for trout.
$9.00
021 One-Day Fishing $5.50
022 Annual Trout
(Type 22 is a supplemental license that is required in addition to Type 001, Type 020 or Type 021)
$18.00
023 One-Day Fishing - All Species

$11.00
063 South Holston Lake Permit

$21.00
004 Sportsman
An all inclusive license, valid for hunting, trapping and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Sportsman licenses can be purchased from all TWRA license agents.
$136.00
401 Lifetime Sportsman (under 3 years old)
An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
$200.00
406 Lifetime Sportsman (3-6 years old)
An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
$540.00
402 Lifetime Sportsman (7-12 years old)
An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
$810.00
403 Lifetime Sportsman (13-50 years old)
An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
$1,620.00
404 Lifetime Sportsman (51-64 years old)
An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
$945.00
405 Lifetime Sportsman (65+ years old)
An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
$270.00
166 Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap
Available from any license agent for a one-time fee, and valid for the rest of the license holder's life. This is not a Lifetime Sportsman License. Additional permits may be required. Can only be purchased when 65th birthday is reached. A valid Tennessee driver's license or proof of age and residency is required. A trout license is not required.
$11.00
167 Annual Senior Citizen Permit
May be purchased as a supplement to cover all permits needed in the current license year.
$41.00
Resident Permanent Fishing Licenses
The following licenses are available only by application from the TWRA Sales Office located in Nashville. They are available for a one-time fee and are valid for the rest of the license holder's life. They are not Lifetime Sportsman Licenses. Additional permits may be required. A trout license is not required.
197 Permanent Sport Fishing License for the Blind $10.00
189 Permanent Wheelchair Hunting and Fishing
Application must be accompanied by a doctor's statement stating that the applicant is permanently confined to a wheelchair. Covers all license requirements to hunt and fish but holder must purchase any applicable permits.
$10.00
198 Permanent DAV Hunting and Fishing
Available to resident veterans certified by the VA as 30 percent disabled by reason of war service or 100% service connected.
$10.00
199 Permanent Mentally Challenged
Must be receiving SSI benefits due to mental retardation.
$10.00

 

Nonresident Fishing Licenses

Anyone who does not qualify for a resident license must purchase the appropriate nonresident license(s) to fish in Tennessee.

Type Description Cost
070

Jr. Hunt/Fish
Required for nonresidents age 13-15, fishing and small game only

$9.00
076 Annual Fishing - No Trout $41.00
077 Three-Day Fishing - No Trout $16.50
078 Three-Day Fishing - All Species $33.50
079 Ten-Day Fishing - No Trout $25.50
080 Ten-Day Fishing - All Species $50.50
081

Annual Fishing - All Species

$81.00
082

One-Day Fishing - No Trout

$8.00
083

One-Day Fishing - All Species

$16.00

 

Special Permits (Resident and Nonresident)

If you purchase one of the following special permits, you must also have all applicable licenses.

Type Description Cost
089 Reelfoot Preservation Permit - Annual $17.00
088 Reelfoot Preservation Permit - Three-Day $10.50
090 Reelfoot Preservation Permit - Daily $3.50
098 Tellico-Citico Trout-Daily
Required for all ages. Tellico-Citico Permit is required seasonally to fish Tellico River, Citico Creek and year-round on Green Cove Pond.
$5.50
191 Agency Lake - Daily Permit
Required to fish Agency Fishing Lakes, except those under 16 years of age and residents 65 years or older.
$5.00
193 Agency Lake - Annual Permit
Valid on all Agency lakes, this permit is sold at Agency Lake offices.
$40.00
065 Bedford Lake Daily Permit $5.50

 

Gatlinburg Trout Fishing

For information on fishing in the Gatlinburg area, contact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, 520 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Phone: 865-436-4558; 1-800-568-4748.

Type Description Cost
097 Resident or Nonresident Gatlinburg 1-Day Trout Permit
Only requirement, ages 13 and up, to fish in Gatlinburg for one day.
$11.50
099 Gatlinburg Trout - Daily
Required for both residents and nonresident ages 13-64 in addition to the appropriate fishing licenses except for nonresidents who purchase the Type 097 license.
$3.50
096 Gatlinburg 3-Day Trout Permit
Required for both residents and nonresidents ages 13-64 in addition to the appropriate fishing licenses except for nonresidents who purchase the (Type 097) permit.
$9.50