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    The fees collected from the sale of fishing licenses help fund fish management operations throughout the state of Washington. By purchasing a license, you help continue the sport of fishing for years to come. Washington fishing license prices vary depending on the category which applies to you. Please note that the following prices are from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 2017 license fee schedule. The costs provided are accurate as of February 2019. 
    Price of a Washington Fishing License

    How Much Is a Fishing License in Washington State?

    In Washington, fishing licenses vary in price, depending on age, where you will be fishing, if you are a resident of the state, and how often you plan to fish. 

    Fishing License Fees for Washington Residents

    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 Fishing License Cost

    Non-residents aged 16 to 69 will pay higher fees than those who live in the state of Washington. 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.

    Daily Washington State Fishing Licenses

    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.

    Reduced Fees for Youth and Disabled Individuals

    Youths younger than 16 and residents with disabilities need to buy a combination license for fresh and saltwater fishing, which includes shellfish. The price for this type of license is $8.05 for youths and $11.35 for disabled residents annually.

    Washington Fishing License Cost for Senior Citizen

    Senior citizens (aged 70+) can purchase 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.

    Special Endorsements

    Washington 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. A separate license is required for an individual to work as a fishing guide in Washington state

    Follow the Rules

    Whether you are fishing for salmon, steelhead, halibut, or some other kind of fish, it's important to be aware of the relevant rules and regulations. Be sure to obey all of the state's fishing rules when trying your hand as an angler in Washington. 

    Article Written By Scott Whitney

    Currently living in Southern Arizona, Scott Whitney is a certified English teacher and serves in the Army. He has written for the U.S. Government for 12 years. Whitney has an A.A. degree in history from Ricks College and a B.A. in family and community history from Brigham Young University.

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