Cost of a New York Fishing License

Cost of a New York Fishing License
The cost of New York State fishing licenses rose significantly from the previous year after the state legislature instituted a license fee increase beginning in April 2009. As of this writing in February 2010, these fees reflect an across-the-board rise that affected hunting and trapping licenses as well.

Resident License

A resident fishing license in New York state cost $19 prior to 2009 for anglers between the ages of 16 and 64. This rose to $29 with the new legislation, with residents between 16 and 69 years old required paying this fee for a license.

Non-Resident Increase

Non-resident licenses in New York jumped from $40 in 2008 to $70 in 2009, an increase of $30.


Prior to 2009, a senior angler that desired to purchase a fishing license could do so after turning 65, with the license costing $5. The new fees remained the same, but the age limit rose to 70 years old, forcing individuals from ages 65 through 69 to pay for a regular license.

Time Frame

One-day and seven-day fishing licenses in New York went in opposite directions in regards to their cost in 2009. The one-day license went from $15 to $5, while the week-long license rose from $12 to $15.


Saltwater anglers now must pay a fee of $15 for a recreational marine fishing license. Residents also have an option to purchase a one-day recreational marine license for $5 and a weeklong recreational marine license for $15.

Lifetime Licenses

The lifetime license for recreational marine fishing costs $150 for residents and is not available for non-residents. A lifetime combination fishing and recreational marine fishing license for a resident has a cost of $450.

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