What Is the Punishment for Fishing Without a License in the United States?


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Penalties for fishing without a license in the United States differ depending on the state, states professional bass angler Aaron Lesieur. As of 2015, the base fine in California is $100, although the exact amount varies based on court fees, previous offenses, and the amount of fish caught and kept.

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As of 2015, the penalty for fishing without a license in Texas runs as high as $200, according to the Houston Chronicle. Multiple offenses increase the penalty exponentially, and in some cases, the penalty includes a prison sentence. In Arkansas, repeat offenders face a maximum fine of $1000 or 30 days in jail.

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