Fishing License Fees and Descriptions

Annual
Sport Fishing Licenses
A sport fishing license is required for any person attempting
to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians, or reptiles
in inland or ocean waters.  Additional
validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.
Title Fee Description
Resident Sport Fishing $47.01 Available for any resident 16
years of age or older.
Nonresident Sport Fishing $126.36 Available for any non-resident 16
years of age or older.
Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License
– Disabled Veteran
$6.95 at CDFW Offices$7.30 from license agents Available for any resident or
nonresident honorably discharged disabled veteran with a 50 percent or
greater service-connected disability.  Your
first Disabled Veteran Reduced Fee Sport Fishing License must be purchased from a CDFW License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses
may be purchased from any license agent.
Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License
– Recovering Service Member
$6.95 Available for any recovering
service member of the US military. The Recovering Service Member Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing
License
is only available at CDFW License Sales Offices.
Reduced Fee Sport Fishing License
– Low Income Senior
$6.95 Available for low-income California residents,
65 years of age and older, who meet the specified annual income requirements. The Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License for Low Income Seniors is
only available at CDFW License Sales Offices.
Free Sport Fishing License – Low
Income Native American
NO
FEE
Available for any American Indian
or lineal descendant whose household income does not exceed federal poverty
guidelines. The Free Sport Fishing License for Low Income Native Americans is only available at CDFW License Sales Offices.
Free Sport Fishing License –
Mobility Impaired, Blind or Developmentally Disabled
NO
FEE
Available for a person who is blind,
developmentally disabled, or mobility impaired.  Your first Free Sport Fishing License must be obtained from a CDFW License Sales Office. Subsequent licenses
may be obtained from any license agent.
Short
Term Sport Fishing Licenses
Title Fee Description
One-day Sport Fishing License $15.12 Allows a resident or nonresident
to fish for one specified day.  One-day
sport fishing licenses are exempt from the Ocean Enhancement Validation
requirement.
Two-day Sport Fishing License $23.50 Allows a resident or nonresident
to fish for two consecutive days.  Two-day
sport fishing licenses are exempt from the Ocean Enhancement Validation
requirement.
Ten-day Nonresident Sport Fishing
License
$47.01 Allows a nonresident to fish for
ten consecutive days.

*A complete guide to California fishing regulations may be found by going to The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website.