Resident Annual License
Washington residents aged 16 and over must have a license to fish. These licenses vary in price depending on where you will be fishing. For residents aged 16-69 a license for freshwater only is $29.50. Saltwater only is $30.05. A shellfish/seaweed gathering license is $17.40 but a razor clam specific license is $14.10. A combined fresh and saltwater fishing and shellfish license costs $55.35 a year. Seniors do receive a discount for fishing licenses (fees listed below).
Non-Resident Annual License
Non-residents aged 16 to 69 will pay higher fees. Freshwater only is $84.50 and saltwater only is $59.75. A shellfish/seaweed gathering license is $36.10 but a razor clam specific license is $21.80. Fishing and gathering shellfish combined costs $124.65 a year.
The state of Washington provides licenses for both residents and non-residents who will only be fishing from one to three days. A combination fresh and saltwater license which includes shellfish is between $11.35 and $19.05 for residents and military members with a valid military identification, and $20.15 and $35.55 for non-residents. A three-day razor clam license is $9.70 for both residents and non-residents.
Youth and Disabled Licenses
Youths younger than 16 and residents with disabilities need to buy a combination license for fresh and saltwater fishing, which includes shellfish and costs $8.05 for youths and $11.35 for disabled residents annually.
Senior citizens (aged 70+) have reduced fee licenses. Freshwater only is $7.50, saltwater only is $8.05. A shellfish/seaweed gathering license is $7.50. All other prices match the resident annual rate except the double pole endorsement.
The state does provide endorsements for special situations. The Two-Pole endorsement is $14.80 for everyone except seniors who pay $6. The Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement, which has been required since April 1, 2010, is $8.75 ($7.10 for seniors). The Puget Sound Crab Endorsement is $8.75.