When we say "great outdoors," we mean great.

Good Morning America named this area one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America," but there's more to do in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island than check out the scenery. Whether you want to golf, fish, go boating, enjoy water sports, bird watch in the park with other ecotourists, go geocaching, or just build a sand castle with the kids, you'll find what you're looking for here.


“If you’re like me, you’ll find it impossible to visit this beautiful and productive fishery without returning again and again and again.”
– Bill Dance, host of Bill Dance Outdoors

Vacationers don’t just come to Okaloosa County for the sugar-white sand and the emerald-green waters. They come to catch red snapper, white trout and blue marlin. From the depths of the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico to the sleepy bayous, beautiful lakes and pristine waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay, there is an abundance of fish to be caught here year-round.

Florida Fishing Licenses

Florida fishing licenses are required for all residents between 16 and 64 years of age. Persons 65 and over must carry a Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate, which can be obtained free from the county tax collector. Totally and permanently disabled Florida residents are also eligible for a free license. 

Exempt is any resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and is not stationed in Florida, and is home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.


Freshwater or Saltwater

  • 3-Day (Valid three days from specified beginning date) – $17
  • 7-Day (Valid seven days from specified beginning date) – $30
  • 12-Month (Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date) – $47

Resident Annual

  • Annual Saltwater Fishing – $17
  • Saltwater/Freshwater 
Fishing Combo – $32.50 
  • Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing/Hunting Combo – $48

NOTE: Residents fishing for a saltwater species (other than mullet in freshwater) from land or from a structure fixed to the land are required to have a no-cost saltwater shoreline fishing license.

Please consult with a local licensing agent for more details on license fees and regulations for Florida residents and visitors.

Freshwater and saltwater fishing information:
1-888-FISH-FLORIDA or MyFWC.com/fishing

Instant licenses (online):