Lake Texoma Fishing License Information
For more information on Oklahoma fishing licenses, please visit http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing.htm. For Texas fishing licenses, please visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/information.
Since Lake Texoma is located in both Texas and Oklahoma, a Lake Texoma license is usually the best way to go. This allows you to fish anywhere on the lake. These licenses cost $12.00 and are good until December 31. The can be purchased at any Wal-Mart and most local stores near the lake. Be sure you ask for a “Lake Texoma” fishing license. You can also buy them online from the Texas Wildlife Department or the Oklahoma Wildlife Department.
The Game Wardens do patrol the lake and may ask to see your license. We obey all laws and regulations.
Everyone fishing in the boat age 16 and over will need a license, unless they fall into one of the exceptions below.
Children under 14 do not need a license.
Children under 16 who live in the following states do not need a license: AL, AK, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, NH, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, TX, or WI
Oklahoma residents that are 64 or older can fish in all public Texas water without a fishing license. All they need is their OK driver’s license or ID.
A Texas resident born before September 1, 1930 does not need a fishing license in Texas or Oklahoma.
A Texas resident who is 65 or older and was born on or after September 1, 1930 has to buy a Texas Special Resident license (reduced price) to fish in Texas. No fishing license is needed to fish in Oklahoma.
Non-residents 17 or older from all other States must buy a fishing license to fish in Texas.
Texas and Oklahoma have a reciprocal agreement. An Oklahoma resident 65 or older can fish in Texas without a license, and a Texas resident 65 or older can fish in Oklahoma without a license. However, to fish in Oklahoma or the Oklahoma part of Lake Texoma, Oklahoma residents will need an Oklahoma Senior Citizen License.
Oklahoma residents born on or after January 1, 1923, upon reaching age 64 (or those who turn 64 during the calendar year) may purchase a Senior Citizen License which is good for the rest of their life. Oklahoma residents born before January 1, 1923 are exempt but must carry proof of age such as a driver’s license. Senior Citizen License applications are available through Department headquarters, field installations and license vendors. They can only be purchased through the Oklahoma Wildlife Department headquarters.