All About North Carolina Fishing License Requirements

Getting out on the lake is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful, spring weather in North Carolina. To fully enjoy the day, many choose to spend their time fishing. From relaxing on the boat waiting for a bite to the adrenaline rush of catching your first fish, it is truly one of the best experiences out there. However, it is important to follow North Carolina fishing license guidelines to ensure a fun yet safe day.

Here is some helpful information about NC fishing license requirements:

  1. Exception for obtaining your fishing license: Youth under age 16 are exempt from the requirement of any fishing license. This gives them the perfect excuse to get outdoors and try something new.
  2. Non-North Carolina residents’ licenses: Nonresidents may purchase a resident license while attending a university, college or visiting the state of NC. Reward yourself for working hard by scheduling some fun leisure time! Whether its time spent at a campsite with your family or a day trip, Motor Boatin has great rental options if you are visiting us.
  3. Free Fishing Day: July 4th is declared “Free Fishing Day,” and a fishing license is not required in any public waters on this date to promote the sport of fishing. With the warm weather during this time of the year, it is a great time to fish with friends and family.
  4. Type of fishing licenses: There are a multitude of fishing licenses you can obtain for your day out. Check out this list to see what license would fit you the best. These licenses range from short-term to lifetime uses.

Ready for a day filled with fishing? Whether you want to start fishing on one of our fishing boats or you’d rather just lounge around the lake on a pontoon, Motor Boatin has all your rental needs covered. Contact us if you have any questions about fishing licenses or if you want to start planning your day out on the water.

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