General recreational fishing permits are presently not required for recreational fishers in Virgin Islands. This includes persons who engage in fishing for the sole purpose of providing food for themselves or their families and those who catch and release fish.



There are however a lot of rules and regulations which can be found here.¬†You also need to be careful about which fish you can eat and which you can’t (reef desease).

Recreational Fishing Rules summary by

Vinow has prepared an summary of the most important rules on their website.

This is all to confusing? Book a fishing charter


for example with Worldclassanglers, St. John’s oldest fishing charter business. They have a 100% no fish no pay guarantee – You cannot loose.

If you want to combine fishing with snorkeling or bars&sightseeing, check out Rockhoppin’ Charters half day fishing half day snorkel charter.