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Commercial Freshwater Fishing


Anyone engaged in commercial freshwater fishing must have a valid commercial fishing license. Licenses are available from the Department of Natural Resources, License Unit, 2065 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025 (800-366-2661) and from some Wildlife Resources Division offices. Information concerning seasons and licenses may be obtained from the Licensing Unit, any Fisheries Management office or any Law Enforcement office of the Department of Natural Resources. Fees for commercial fishing licenses are as follows:

  • Resident commercial fishing license Season - $12.00
  • Non-resident commercial fishing license Season - $118.00

Licenses are valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Any commercial license holder is required by law to make his business premises and records available for inspection by authorized agents of the Department of Natural Resources during normal business hours or any other time when the licensed commercial activity is being conducted on such premises. Business premises means any place of business operation including, but not limited to, offices, sheds, warehouses, vessels, boats, houses, ponds and other such locations where commercial activity takes place, and specifically includes the equipment used in conducting such activity.

There are no bag or possession limits on fish taken legally during freshwater commercial fishing.

Click here to download a commercial fishing license.

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LICENSES - 3 Ways to Buy

1. Phone 1-800-366-2661
2. Online - here
3. Retail License Vendor listing - here

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