WASHINGTON FISHING LICENSES REQUIREMENTS
From freshwater lakes to the Pacific coast, Washington offers diverse fishing opportunities for all anglers. But before you can enjoy some of the nation’s top spots, you’ll need to make sure you follow Washington’s fishing license rules.
In Washington, everyone ages 15 and older needs a recreational fishing license. There are several exemptions to this rule. These exceptions include:
- Youth 14 and younger
- Adults assisting youth if they are not fishing/harvesting themselves
- Anglers fishing on the state’s free fishing weekend, which is always the first weekend after the first Monday in June
Even if you’re not required to have a license, keep in mind that all the other rules apply, such as catch record card requirements. Depending on where you plan to fish and the species, you’re after, you may also need an endorsement.
TYPES OF FISHING LICENSES AND FEES
In Washington, there are several types of annual licenses you can buy depending on where you plan to fish and other outdoor activities you may take part in. For all of these licenses, the costs will depend on whether you’re a resident or non-resident of the state of Washington.
- Get Outdoors Washington License: This package includes an annual fishing license and certain endorsements and hunting for specific game. Available to residents only, the cost is $236.18.
- Fish Washington Fishing License. This type of license is an annual combination license for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, some endorsements and certain catch record cards. Only for residents, the fee is $79.62.
- Combination Washington Fishing License. This license allows you to fish in both freshwater and saltwater bodies of water. Residents are charged $55.35 and $19.05 for those 70 or older. The fee for non-residents is $124.65.
- Freshwater Washington Fishing License: A freshwater license allows you to fish in freshwater areas only. The cost for residents is $29.50 and $7.50 for those 70 or older. For non-residents, the fee is $84.50.
- Saltwater Washington Fishing License: You can fish in saltwater areas only with this type of license. Residents pay $30.05 for this license or $8.05 for those 70 or older, and non-residents pay $59.75.
- Shellfish/Seaweed Washington Fishing License: This type of license gives you the ability to fish species such as razor clams, red rock crab, mussels, oysters and others. Residents pay $17.40 with seniors paying $7.50, and non-residents are charged $36.10.
- Razor Claim Washington Fishing License: If you plan to harvest razor clams, you’ll need this type of license. For residents, even those 70 and older, the cost is $14.10. Non-residents pay $21.80.
It’s important to note that there are discounted fees available to certain individuals. You may qualify for a reduced fee if you are a:
- Resident or non-resident veteran with a service-related disability of 30% or more
- Resident or non-resident veteran 65 or older with a service-related disability
- Resident who permanently uses a wheelchair
- Resident who is blind or visually impaired
- Resident who has a developmental disability
WHERE TO BUY YOUR FISHING LICENSE
Washington offers several different ways to purchase a fishing license.
- Online: One of the most convenient ways to buy your Washington fishing license is online 24/7 at the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
- By Phone: You can buy your license by phone Monday-Friday by calling (866) 246-9453
- At an Authorized Dealer: There are several authorized dealers throughout the state where you can get your license. The Department of Fish and Wildlife website provides the ability to search for a dealer near you.