Fishing License in Turkey - How To Get Fishing License In Turkey




Do I need to get a fishing license in Turkey?

Do I need fishing license to fish from the boat in Turkey?
Do I need fishing license for LRF in Turkey?

Turkey has become a very popular country for amateur anglers from all around the world. Many of them keep asking me about the legal details. Well, technically, Yes. You do need a license. But it is not mandatory.

If you are going to fish from the shore:
No licence is needed.  You are visiting Turkey for a short period and you want to go around for LRF, Shore jigging, surfcasting, rock fishing etc.. You are free to enjoy your time.


If you are going to fish from the boat:
A fishing licence is no longer required in Turkey for amateur and recreational fishing from a boat; but the person you go fishing with (usually the owner of the boat) must hold a permit. If you rent a boat for deep sea fishing, do not forget to ask about the rules and regulations.

Before Travelling to Turkey
In Turkey, fishing baits, lures and all essential tackle gear are much more expensive than Britain, Europe and USA (because of the exchange rates).  So I strongly suggest you take your own fishing things with you. But don't take a heavy bag full of so many different fishing items in it. It may create a problem for you at the custom check. I always take my light gear, some soft baits and lures with me and never had a problem so far. 

Some of the soft baits I always take with me when I fish in Turkey

And couple of spinning lures always in my bag when I holiday Turkey for barracuda (absolutely amazing fun especially at sunset and sunrise around the little ports, piers, rocky shores, there are lots of them), sea bass, needlefish etc.
  • Tackle House Contact Feed Shallow (Sardine or Pearl Rainbow or Konoshiro) on Ebay and Amazon
  • IMA Komomo Flashing Plate (or similar other IMA Lures) on Ebay and Amazon

These are the LRF lures that catch lots of fish in Turkey. Especially if you are staying in a hotel and thinking to have some fun and discover new species in Mediterranean. 
  • Duo Spearhead Ryuki 50 (all colours) on Ebay and Amazon
  • Savage Gear Gravity Pencil (all colours) on Ebay and Amazon 
Fishing License In Turkey
A parrotfish. I caught this one on a beautiful summer day in front of our hotel in Boğsak


As you see, license is not a problem in Turkey, but you have to be very careful about the regulations. Now see this page FISHING IN TURKEY to find out size limits, fishing seasons and the protected species, before fishing in this country.  These are really important details you have to keep in mind. 

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