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Zone Officer Butler teaching Cub Scouts how to fish at a summer camp in Brunswick, GA. Photo by USFWS.

Fishing on Southeastern Refuges

In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, many national wildlife refuges offer a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where they can find knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers.

How to fish on refuges

Fishing on national wildlife refuges is permitted on a case-by-case basis taking into account local factors including fish species and abundance, feasibility, effects on other refuge programs, and public demand. If your local refuge allows fishing make sure you pick up a state fishing license; your local refuge does not issue fishing licenses.

Find your local national wildlife refuge using our interactive map.

Refuges by state and type of fish








North Carolina

South Carolina


Acquire a state fishing license

Fishing licenses are provided by state wildlife agencies. Select your state agency below to find fishing resources.

Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Florida Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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