California’s Day Fishing License Cost in 2024

Fishing is a popular recreational activity in California, with abundant opportunities for saltwater and freshwater fishing across the state. For residents and visitors who enjoy fishing, a license is required and helps support local conservation efforts. Here is a breakdown of California’s fishing license options and costs for 2024.

Resident Licenses

  • Annual License – Valid for 365 days from purchase date. Fee: $57.25
  • 1-Day License – Valid for 1 calendar day. Fee: $18.75
  • 2-Day License – Valid for 2 consecutive calendar days. Fee: $28.75

Non-Resident Licenses

  • Annual License – Valid for 365 days from purchase date. Fee: $154.50
  • 1-Day License – Valid for 1 calendar day. Fee: $18.75
  • 2-Day License – Valid for 2 consecutive calendar days. Fee: $28.75

To qualify for a resident license, you must have lived in California for the last 6 months. Active military members stationed in California and dependents are also eligible for resident licenses.

Licenses can be purchased online through the CDFW Online License Sales site or at local license agents and tackle shops across the state. The CDFW also offers lifetime sport fishing licenses for long-term savings.

When fishing in the ocean, no license is required when fishing from a public pier. However, separate report cards may be needed for certain species like steelhead and sturgeon.

Following California’s fishing regulations and properly licensing helps preserve fish populations and fishing opportunities for future generations. With reasonable license fees, the state makes it easy for anglers to enjoy the sport while giving back to conservation.

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