Getting A Fishing License In Massachusetts

Fishing Licenses Getting A Fishing License In Massachusetts

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There are five seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter, and fishing. Massachusetts is full of places to spend the fishing season, with many ponds and even reservoirs allowing fishers to set up shop. If you're interested in fishing in the area but don't know what you need to start, DoNotPay can help you figure out which Massachusetts fishing license you need.

Types of Fishing Licenses Available in Massachusetts

Permit requirements vary by the type of license, your age, and your state of residence. Whether you're a resident or traveling to find a good fishing spot, there are three types of licenses available to you in Massachusetts:

  1. Freshwater license
  2. Saltwater license
  3. Quabbin license

You must have a paper or legible digital copy of your fishing license ready to present while fishing. Seasonal licenses expire on December 31st.

Freshwater License

Freshwater licenses are required for anyone over the age of 15. Licenses are free if you are

  • Between the ages of 15 and 17
  • Over 70
  • Disabled

You can get a license online through MassFishHunt or in person unless you are a resident with a disability applying for the first time. Licenses can be purchased in person at license agent locations. MassWildlife locations only accept cash and checks as payment, while most retail locations accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

If you are blind, paraplegic, or have an intellectual disability and apply for your first license, you must use it by mail. You will need an application for a free license and a certification of your disability, such as a Certificate of Blindness issued by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind or a statement from your doctor. Documentation should be mailed to Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, ATTN: Licensing, 251 Causeway St., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114.

Saltwater License

Saltwater licenses are required for anyone over 16 unless you are disabled, on a for-hire vessel, or a resident of select New England states. Licenses are free if you are over 60. There is no difference in the fee for residents and nonresidents.

If you hold a recreational saltwater fishing permit from New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you can use the same permit in Massachusetts through a reciprocity agreement. Similarly, if you purchase a license in Massachusetts, you can fish in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or Maine. Additionally, if you have a for-hire permit in your name, you can use it for recreational fishing. Commercial licenses, however, cannot be used for recreational activities.

Saltwater licenses can be gotten online through MassFishHunt, mail, or person. Free licenses are subject to a $1.68 convenience and administration fee. If you are applying by mail, send your application and a check for payment to the Division of Marine Fisheries, 251 Causeway St., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. If you want to get your permit in person, you must go to one of the Boston, Gloucester, or New Bedford offices or an approved vendor location. Offices are open Monday to Friday. All three offices accept checks and money orders, and the Boston location will also get cash.

Quabbin Fishing License

The Quabbin Reservoir allows fishing with special one-day passes or any valid fishing license. With these licenses, you can fish from designated areas. Day passes can be purchased at the reservoir or online through MassWildlife.

Massachusetts Fishing License Fees

Massachusetts residents get a discounted rate on freshwater fishing licenses. Prices change yearly, so check with MassFishHunt for the most current fees.

Freshwater Fees

License TypeCost
3-Day Resident License$10
3-Day Nonresident License:$20.90
Full Season Resident Minor License$6.80
Full Season Resident Adult License$26
Full Season Nonresident Adult License$36
Full Season Resident Aged 65-69$13

Freshwater licenses are also subject to an additional $5 Wildlands Conservation Stamp fee added to the first resident license and all non-resident licenses.

Saltwater Fees

  • Under-60 Resident License: $10

There is an additional $1.68 charged for administration and convenience.

Quabbin Fees

  • 1-Day License: $5

Getting Your Massachusetts Fishing License with DoNotPay

Let DoNotPay do the work for you! If you want to get a Massachusetts fishing license but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search "fishing license" on DoNotPay and select the state you would like a fishing license for.


  2. Indicate whether you are a resident or non-resident, and choose the type of license you want. For example, saltwater vs. freshwater license, three-day only pass, and more.


  3. Provide your contact information, a copy of your government-issued ID, and pay the fee required by the state.


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