All resident and nonresident anglers 16 and over who fish in fresh or salt waters of Georgia must possess a Georgia Fishing license. This license is required for hook & line fishing, cast netting, seining, crabbing, gigging, sport bait trawling, and harvesting shellfish. A Georgia Fishing license is required for anglers returning to Georgia ports or transiting Georgia waters with recreational catches from federal waters beyond the state's 3-mile territorial sea. Reciprocal agreements with Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida currently do not apply to salt waters.
For purchase locations or to buy your license online click here.
Charter captains may or may not choose to purchase an annual license that covers all of their clients. For this reason, anglers booking a charter should inquire whether they will need a Georgia Fishing license or if they will be covered under the charter fishing license. Saltwater Fishing Information
Information and updates on licenses, regulations, and fishing in Georgia's inshore and offshore salt waters may be obtained by contacting:
Georgia DNR Coastal Law Enforcement
One Conservation Way, Suite 201
Brunswick, GA 31520-8687