Bahamas passes new regulations requiring all foreign flats anglers to purchase a fishing license.
For non-Bahamians, the costs are as follows:
1 day - $15
1 week - $20
1 month - $30
1 year - $60
We understand that an online application and payments system is planned, but this system is not ready as of now. In the meantime, most fly fishing lodges are prepared to obtain your fishing license in advance if you fill out the application for them, or they can obtain your license on arrival. In the short term you will pay your lodge the fee and they will pass it on to the government.
Once the online system is working, you will be able to apply and pay for your license online in advance of your trip.
The regulations also introduce a total ban on commercial fishing in the flats and require flats fishers to “engage only in catch-and-release fishing in respect of bonefish, permit, snook, cobia or tarpon and, unless it is being used for food, hold in his possession at any time not more than one fish”.
The application forms and full details of the Regulations are available for download on:
http://www.bahamas.gov.bs or http://www.bahamas.com