Out-of-state fishing and hunting licenses are not valid in the state of Florida, including on Anna Maria Island. Even if it’s a one-time deal, non-residents who are 16 years of age or older are required to have a Florida freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license and permit IF they attempt to take fish. Even if you cast a line or catch and release you need a license. A saltwater fishing license is also required to attempt to take any native or nonnative marine organisms, such as crabs, lobsters, and marine plants.
The good news is that as long as you plan to fish from a for-hire vessel (guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid vessel license, or on a pier that requires you to pay in advance to fish, you won’t have to worry about getting your own license!
Where to fish without a boat? AMI has two piers from where you can fish for a small fee:
Rod & Reel Pier: 875 North shore Drive, Anna Maria, 941-778-1885
- Fishing Cost: $2 per person, kids 8-12 are $1 and kids under 8 are free.
- Need a Fishing License? No, it’s included in your fishing cost.
- Pole Rental: Yes, $2 an hour.
- Bait? They offer live shrimp and frozen bait.
- Hours: You can fish from this pier 24 hours a day!
City Pier: 100 South bay Blvd., Anna Maria , 941-779-1667
- Fishing Cost/Pole Rental: $25 deposit, $3/hour includes fishing cost and pole rental. $25 deposit will be given back to you when you return the fishing pole.
- Need a Fishing License? No, fishing license is included in the cost.
- Bait? They offer frozen squid.
- Hours: Pier is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.