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Buying a Fishing License in All States: Prices and Links

By Rick Wallace

The RV lifestyle often means you are traveling through a range of states, and when you’re done sightseeing, there are few better pursuits than fishing to get to know a state’s waterways and natural resource.

Buying a Fishing License in All States: Prices and Links

Most states require a license to fish, whether you are a resident or non-resident (most often a resident license is cheaper).

These licenses are not costly - on average, you can expect to pay $25 for an annual fishing license if you are a resident and $60 for an out-of-state fishing license.

And in some states, if you are a child, over 65, serving in the armed forces or a veteran, then you can fish for free.

All states have a freshwater fishing license, and some states also require a saltwater fishing license. 

In some states, the saltwater fishing license is only required for certain waterways.

And in a few cases, states (such as Florida, Texas, Washington and Virginia) offer a combination fishing licenses that allows you to do both freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing in that state.

In terms of duration, the annual fishing license is the most common type sold.

It is easily the best value for the money and is often priced at only a little over the price for a 10-day license.

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The other options are one day licenses and multi-day licenses (most commonly 3-day, 5-day and 10-day licenses).

Multi-day fishing licenses are valid for consecutive days starting on a date specified at the time of purchase. These temporary licenses usually cost less than $30 for non-resident anglers and less than $20 for residents of the state.

While RVers are always looking to save money, please remember the money raised from license fees help fund restocking programs, stream and bank rehabilitation efforts.

They are also a source of revenue for fisheries enforcement and many other initiatives that benefit recreational anglers. Really when you think about it $20 or $30 in license fees a year is a small price to pay for the ongoing sustainability of recreational fishing that RVers can enjoy year-round.

Buying a Fishing License in All States: Prices and Links

The table below gives the current price of licenses in all states and also includes links to buy a license online.

It is also worth RVers knowing that in most states you can buy a fishing license from the outdoor counter in most Walmart stores.

State (click to purchase)

Resident license fees
(annual)

Non resident license fees
(annual)

Alabama

$14.05 (Freshwater)
$24.75 (Saltwater)

$54.20 (Freshwater)
$53.10 (Saltwater)

Alaska

$20.00

$100.00

Arizona

$37.00

$55.00

Arkansas

$22.50 with trout stamp

$70.00 with trout stamp

California

$52.66

$142.50

Colorado

$36.08

$100.57

Connecticut

$32.00

$63.00

Delaware

$12.70

$26.20

Florida

$17.00 (Freshwater)
$17.00 (Saltwater)
$32.50 (Combo)

$47.00 (Freshwater)
$47.00 (Saltwater)

Georgia

$15.00

$50.00

Hawaii

$5.00

$25.00

Idaho

$30.50

$98.25

Illinois

$15.00

$31.50

Indiana

$17.00

$35.00

Iowa

$22.00

$48.00

Kansas

$27.50

$52.50

Kentucky

$23.00

$55.00

Louisiana
 

$9.50 (Freshwater)
$13.00 (Saltwater)

$60.00 (Freshwater)
$30.00 (Saltwater)

Maine

$25.00

$64.00

Maryland

$25.50 (Freshwater+trout)
$15.00 (Saltwater)

$40.50 (Freshwater+trout)
$22.50 (Saltwater)

Massachusetts

$27.50 (Freshwater)
$10.00 (Saltwater)

$37.50 (Freshwater)
$10.00 (Saltwater)

Michigan

$26.00

$76.00

Minnesota

$25.00

$51.00

Mississippi

$12.29 (Freshwater)
$12.29 (Saltwater)

$64.29 (Freshwater)
$34.29 (Saltwater)

Missouri

$12.00

$49.00

Montana

$31.00

$103.50

Nebraska

$38.00

$84.00

Nevada

$40.00

$80.00

New Hampshire

$45.00 (Freshwater)
$11.00 (Saltwater)

$63.00 (Freshwater)
$11.00 (Saltwater)

New Jersey

$33.00 with trout stamp

$54.00 with trout stamp

New Mexico

$25.00

$56.00

New York

$25.00

$50.00

North Carolina

$25.00 (Freshwater)
$16.00 (Saltwater)

$45.00 (Freshwater)
$32.00 (Saltwater)

North Dakota

$18.00

$48.00

Ohio

$25.00

$50.96

Oklahoma

$25.00

$55.00

Oregon

$44.00

$110.50

Pennsylvania

$32.94 with trout stamp

$62.94 with trout stamp

Rhode Island

$23.50 with trout stamp

$40.50 with trout stamp

South Carolina

$10.00 (Freshwater)
$10.00 (Saltwater)

$35.00 (Freshwater)
$35.00 (Saltwater)

South Dakota

$28.00

$67.00

Tennessee

$56.00 with trout stamp

$50.00 ($99 with trout stamp)

Texas

$30.00 (Freshwater)
$35.00 (Saltwater)
$40.00 (Combo)

$58.00 (Freshwater)
$63.00 (Saltwater)
$68.00 (Combo)

Utah

$34.00

$85.00

Vermont

$28.00

$54.00

Virginia

$23.00 (Freshwater)
$17.50 (Saltwater)
$39.50 (Combo)

$47.00 (Freshwater)
$25.00 (Saltwater)
$71.00 (Combo)

Washington

$29.50 (Freshwater)
$30.05 (Saltwater)
$55.35 (Combo)

$84.50 (Freshwater)
$59.75 (Saltwater)
$124.65 (Combo)

West Virginia

$29.00 with trout stamp

$53.00 with trout stamp

Wisconsin

$30.00 with trout stamp

$60.00 with trout stamp

Wyoming

$27.00

$102.00

About The Author

Rick Wallace is the founder and editor of fishing advice and gear site Tackle Village. He is a passionate fisherman and traveler who has fished around the world. On his website you can learn about The Best Bass Lures: 13 Top Types Of Baits Explained.

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