Fishing guides in the state will have to be licensed through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation if Gov. Brad Henry signs SB 277, which lawmakers passed this week.
If the governor signs the bill into law, state wildlife commissioners are expected to set the license fee and establish requirements for the guide license at its June meeting.
To be licensed, fishing guides likely would have to buy liability insurance and complete CPR and first aid training. Vessel inspections also might be required.
Both Arkansas and Texas license fishing guides. SB 277 applies only to fishing guides, not hunting guides.
SB 277 started out as a bill about commercial hunting operations, but was changed last week to the fishing guide licensing bill.