Fishing and Hunting Still Open:
Fishing and hunting for 2020 are still open per statewide seasons/regulations.  Licenses and permits to fish and hunt are required as usual.  Boat registrations may be renewed at county clerks offices by mail or drop-box.  Open-air sites such as public lakes/streams and wildlife management areas remain open.

State Offices Closed to In-Person Contact but Still Available to Help:
State offices and facilities are closed to in-person contact with the public to minimize health risks. Until further notice, please use this website, call us at 800-858-1549, or email Info.Center@ky.gov for assistance. 

Additional Information
For the latest information on the novel coronavirus in Kentucky, please visit kycovid19.ky.gov. Coronavirus and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife: answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Commercial Fishing

Commercial Fishing in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is charged with maintaining and enhancing fisheries resources within the Commonwealth and bordering waters.  As part of this mission, the Department regulates commercial fishing of various species.  A variety of commercial permits are available.

 

Resident Commercial Fishing License with 10 gear tags

Season: March 1 through February 28

Price: $150.00

Additional Resident Gear Tags can be purchased in blocks of 10 for $15.00

Commercial Fishing License Application Form 

 

Non-Resident Commercial Fishing License with 10 gear tags

Season: March 1 through February 28

Price: $600.00

Additional Non-Resident Gear Tags can be purchased in blocks of 10 for $100.00

 

 

 

Resident Roe-Bearing Fish Buyer Permit

Season: October 15 through June 5

Price: $500.00

Roe-bearing Fish Buyer Permit Application Form

 

Non-Resident Roe-Bearing Fish Buyer Permit

Season: October 15 through June 5

Price: $1000.00

 

 

Resident Roe-Bearing Fish Harvester Permit

Season: October 15 through May 31

Price: $500.00

Roe-Bearing Fish Harvester Permit Application Form

 

Non-Resident Roe-Bearing Fish Harvester Permit

Season: October 15 through May 31

Price: $1500.00

 

 

Resident Special Net Fishery Permit

For Kentucky and Barkley Lake only

Season: November 1 through March 31

Price: $600.00

Special Net Fishery Permit Application Form

 

Non-Resident Special Net Fishery Permit

For Kentucky and Barkley Lake only

Season: November 1 through March 31

Price: $900.00

Special Net Fishery Permit Application Form

 

Kentucky also has special regulations for the transport and propagation of fish.

 

Live Fish Transportation Permit

Season: January 1 through December 31

Price: $25.00

Live Fish Transportation Permit Application Form

 

Fisheries Propagation Permit
 
Season: January 1 through December 31
 
Price: $50.00