1. There are currently no fishing license requirements in Korea. You can go to any public water and fish.
2. There are no limits to the amount of fish/bass you catch or keep. In fact, as bass and bluegill are invassive spiecies in South Korea, it can be frowned upon if you are seen releasing a bass or bluegill back into the water. There are no laws in place surrounding the release of bass and bluegill at the time of writting this post.
3. 99% of all Korean waters are free to fish, but there are some waters have a day ticket price for fishing and it’s approximately $5. A person will approach you whilst fishing and ask you for the money. Always ask for ID and a receipt. It is extremely rare that you will be charged anything.
4. Boat fishing in Korea. If you wish to operate a boat whilst in Korea, you will have to follow the very strict rules of obtaining and carrying a boat operator’s license as below.
• If you are operating a boat that has a 4hp motor or below then you are not required to have a license. However, for anyone wanting to operate a boat with a motor of 5hp and above in Korea (Koreans and foreigners alike) a license is required.
• There are 3 levels of license;
• The good news is that foreigners in Korea can take and complete the Korean boating license tests. There is a 50 question written test in English or Korean which is a multiple choice type exam. Once you have passed the written test you can take the practical "on-the-water" test. The practical test only takes approximately 10~15 minutes to complete and it's fairly simple if you have had some past boating experience. I took test in 2011 and the examiners spoke rather good English and allowed me to speak only English throughout the exam.
• If anyone needs more information about Korean boat licenses for non-Koreans, then post here and I'll help as best as I can.
5. Trailering a boat in Korea.
• Everyone that wants to tow a boat/trailer on Korean roads must have a trailer license by law. I believe that all US military folks can simply have the trailer part added to their license very simply, but for any non-military folk we must take and pass a 10 hour driving course and a 10 minute driving test to be able to legally drive with a trailer here in Korea.
• If you already have a regular #1 or #2 Korean license then it's simply a case of taking a course and test (no written test is necessary!
• The course consists of ten 1 hour sessions which you must complete before being able to take the test. The course and test are done in an 18 wheeler type vehicle (40 foot trailer) and is a 'T' course (drive forward, reverse into space, drive forward out of the space and then reverse back to the start line).
• The cost of the course and test in total comes to about 750,000 Korean Won. It's expensive but worth it to be legal on the road.
• I took this course in 2011, so I can get you more information if you need it.
For more detailed information regarding fishing in South Korea, please respond here or contact me directly via PM.