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License and Regulation Questions

License requirements, catch and length limits, and legal equipment answers.

For answers to further questions, view and download a copy of our fishing regulations summary here.  These pages and this publication are not intended to be a complete listing of all Kansas fishing regulations.

If you purchased your license online:  Contact us at (620) 672-5911

If you purchased your license from a local vendor:  return to the store where the license was purchased, or contact the county clerk in the county where the license was purchased.

Yes.  To purchase a license by phone, call 1-800-918-2877.

Free copies of our regulations summary are available from most license vendors.  To download a PDF version of the regulations, click here.

If you are going to take a child fishing, buy a license for yourself.  Invariably, you will end up with the pole in your hand.

Updated: 7/25/05

The permit allows a licensed designated person to actually harvest fish while accompanying the permit holder.  For more information or applications, contact KDWP Law Enforcement at (620) 672-5911.

Updated: 7/25/05

The permit allows a licensed designated person to actually harvest fish while accompanying the permit holder.  For more information or applications, contact KDWP Law Enforcement at (620) 672-5911.

Night fishing is allowed at most public waters.  Check local rules before fishing at night.

No, it is illegal to assist another person in catching his or her limit of fish.

Yes, the possession limit on all fish species is three times the daily creel limit for that species.

Yes, lighted lures may be used in Kansas.

No license is required to catch crawdads for non-commercial use.

Yes, professional guiding is allowed on public lakes and streams.

Updated: 7/25/05

All other laws and regulations apply to American Indians.  However, to fish with a third pole, American Indians are required to purchase a three-pole permit.

Updated: 7/25/05

Non residents on active military duty stationed in Kansas are entitled to purchase a resident fishing license, which they must have with them while fishing, along with evidence of active duty.

Updated: 7/25/05

All non-residents 16 and older must have a valid nonresident license to fish in Kansas, unless fishing on a private pond.  Guests of landowners fishing on streams and rivers must have a fishing license

Updated: 6/16/11

Landowners, tenets and members of their immediate family living with them are exempt from fishing license requirements for waters on land they own or lease for agricultural purposes. However, a license IS REQUIRED for all others fishing on private land if:

  1. The private impoundment has a stream or river going into and/or out of it – whether the stream is continually flowing or not.
  2. The private impoundment is owned or operated by more than one person or group. In this case, the owner(s) or operator(s) would be exempt from the fishing license requirement only while fishing on the portion of the impoundment that they own.
  3. You are a guest of landowner or operator and fishing on streams or rivers on their land.
  4. The impoundment is leased by the department from the pond owner, through the F.I.S.H. program.
  5. The impoundment has been stocked by the state within the past 10 years.

The above rules apply to watershed ponds, any man-made impoundment, or any stream or river.