Phone: 352-343-9602

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Office of the Lake County Tax Collector
320 West Main Street
Tavares, Florida 32778
Phone: 352.343.9602

In accordance with 2017-21, Laws of Florida /
§ 119, Florida Statutes

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

FWC Fishing Licenses

Fishing licenses may be obtained at any Lake County Tax Collector Office location. They are also available at authorized sporting good stores, may be purchased online, or by telephone at 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Please note that a nominal issuance fee will apply to all purchases.


Licensing requirements follow the species of fish you are fishing for, regardless of where you are fishing. For example, anglers fishing for and possessing largemouth bass in brackish water need a freshwater license; anglers fishing for saltwater species in freshwater (e.g., spotted sea trout, red drum, snook, American shad) need a saltwater license to possess these species.

The money collected from saltwater fishing licenses is used to improve and restore fish habitat, for marine fisheries research, law enforcement, and public education on marine resources.

Visit to find up-to-date information on fishing rules and regulations, and other pertinent information.

Basic Fishing License Exemptions

* For the purposes of hunting or fishing in Florida, a Resident is defined as: any person who has declared Florida as his/her only state of residence as evidenced by a Florida driver license/ID card, or any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is stationed in this state (includes spouses and dependent children in the household).