Affordable AZ Fishing License Prices: Check Now!

Fishing is a popular pastime across Arizona with over 500 lakes and thousands of miles of fishable rivers and streams on public and tribal lands. For anglers looking to wet a line in The Grand Canyon State without breaking the bank, this guide breaks down everything you need to know about scoring an affordable AZ fishing license.

Resident Versus Non-Resident Costs

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) offers licenses at reduced resident rates for state inhabitants. An annual license enabling you to fish with one rod and reel statewide costs just $37. Non-residents pay $55 for an equivalent permit.

Saving almost 35% makes purchasing a resident license worthwhile if you meet the 183-day residency requirement. Short-term tourists and visitors need a non-resident license to keep things 100% legal.

Junior Angler and Senior Discounts

The cheapest licenses around are for kids under 10 and seniors over 70. Both demographics fish for free under AZGFD regulations – no permit required!

Once junior anglers hit age 10, they need a license. The Youth Combo Hunt and Fish covering all seasons is only $5 annually until they turn 14. That’s a 92% discount compared to the adult resident rate!

Military Members Score Reduced Rates

Active duty, reserve, and National Guard members stationed in AZ pay just $20 for an annual combo hunt and fish permit. Disabled veterans can also score free lifetime fishing licenses through the department’s charity program.

Grab Short-Term Licenses for Occasional Trips

For infrequent fishing, short-term permits are available. One-day, 5-day, and 10-day combo hunt and fish licenses range from $15-45.

Annual license holders also have the option of adding a second rod for $7 more. So you can throw out multiple lines without incurring a second license fee.

Limited Chance for License-Free Fishing

Each year, AZGFD offers free fishing days in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week. Over the first full weekend in June, generally June 3, anyone can fish public waters without a license.

Purchase Online, In-Person, or By Phone

Scoring your AZ fishing license is a breeze through multiple purchasing options:

  • Online via the AZGFD web shop
  • In-person at any department office or over 200 license dealers statewide
  • By phone through the AZGFD contact center

Check current fees and stay up to date on regulation changes through the AZGFD site or free Hunt Arizona and AZ Fishing mobile apps.

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