Kansas Fishing Licenses
If you would like to experience Kansas fishing, you must get a valid Kansas fishing license from the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. If you are a beginner, you can take advantage of the fishing education program established by the department. To learn about the art of fishing directly from experienced anglers, join a fishing club or organization. Prior to buying a fishing license in Kansas, read the sections listed below:
- Types of fishing licenses in Kansas
- Fishing education in Kansas
- Fishing organizations in Kansas
Types of Kansas Fishing Licenses
There are two main types of fishing licenses in Kansas: regular fishing licenses and commercial fishing licenses. Prior to obtaining a Kansas fishing license, applicants must meet the following requirements: Residents must be between 16 and 74 years of age and nonresidents must be at least 16 years of age.
Residents and visitors can buy a fishing license in Kansas in one of the following ways:
- Online, via the KDWPT licensing system
- From an authorized license agent
- At any KS DWR office
Regular Fishing Licenses in Kansas
Standard licenses to fish can be of many kinds and with various prices. Listed below are the fees for KS recreational fishing licenses:
- Regular resident – $27.50
- Resident one-day – $8.50
- Resident five-year – $102.50
- Resident lifetime – $502.50
- Resident combination – $47.50
- Senior resident – $15
- Nonresident – $52.50
- Non-resident five-day – $27.50
- Non-resident one-day – $14.50
- Non-resident combination – $137.50
- Trout permit – $14.50
- Paddlefish permit – $12.50
Fishing license fees are subject to change without notice.
Commercial Fishing Licenses in Kansas
Professional fishermen who fish for profit must obtain a commercial fishing license in Kansas before harvesting fish. Commercial fishing permits are only valid for the portion of the Missouri river bordering the state. Applications for commercial permits are obtained via the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and all licensees are required to submit monthly harvest reports to the department. Licenses expire at the end of the issuance year and license holders are encouraged to renew them beforehand. Permits cannot be renewed until the department has received all reports.
The following are some of the fish species taken under a commercial fishing license:
- Skipjack herring
- Freshwater drum
- Exotic and common carp
Fish species taken under a Kansas commercial fishing license can be sold, traded and transported to individuals or retailers.
Kansas Fishing Education
To learn more about fishing techniques, fish species and equipment, enroll in the Kansas Aquatic Education Program. The Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism hosts fishing clinics at ponds, lakes and parks for beginner anglers, but also for children interested in fishing. Usually, these events are held in the spring/summer season, and if the weather allows it, in the fall. The theory and practice taught at fishing clinics includes the following:
- Fish species identification
- Fish management
- Fishing equipment
- Casting demonstrations
- Water safety
- Fish cooking
The fishing clinic also provides all materials for the course such as reels and rods. The fish species included for the practical part of the course are largemouth bass, green sunfish, channel catfish and bluegill. More information on fishing clinics can be obtained by calling the Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911 or by contacting any KDWPT office in your area.
Kansas Fishing Organizations
After you have learned the fishing basics and would like to share your experience, skills and tips with other anglers,you can become a member of a fishing club. In Kansas, anglers can join the following organizations:
- Free State Fly Fishers
- Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation
- Kansas Walleye Association
The Free State Fly Fishers promotes fly fishing as a sport through community service, education and conservation activities. The main areas in which the club operates are Olathe, Lawrence, Topeka and their surrounding areas. Club members attend fishing trips and excursions and share tips about their saltwater and freshwater fishing experiences.
The Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation aims to promote bass fishing as a serious sport, while improving the members' fishing skills through forming lasting friendships. In addition, KBN holds regular meetings, organizes tournaments and championships, and shares useful tips about bass fishing techniques, boating safety, youth fishing and more.
Every spring and summer, the Kansas Walleye Association is a host to walleye fishing tournaments taking place in Kansas lakes. The KWA members also participate in meetings, competitions, conservation activities and social events. The main purpose of the association is to promote camaraderie, but also to encourage anglers to compete in order to perfect their fishing skills. Every year, KWA organizes six fishing tournaments. At the end of the year, an awards banquet is held to honor the most successful teams.