Recreational Turtle License
Only the following species of turtles may be taken:
- western painted turtle (Chrysemys pica bellii)
- snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine)
- spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera)
Angling License Required
An angling license is required to harvest turtles. A recreational turtle license, a turtle seller's license, or a turtle seller's apprentice license is required to use floating or submerged traps, turtle hooks, and other commercial fishing gear. Except for renewals, no turtle seller's licenses will be issued.
- $35/yr: recreational turtle license
Request an Application
Click here to request a license application
Questions? Contact us!
Neil Vanderbosch, Commercial Fishing Program Coordinator