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Non-Resident California Fishing License Guide: Everything You Need To Know

If you’re a non-resident of California and want to fish in the state, you’ll need to get a fishing license. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about obtaining a California fishing license as a non-resident. From filling out the application form to understanding the different types of fishing licenses available, we’ll have everything covered. So read on for all the information you need to get your fishing license in California! Non-Resident California Fishing License Guide

What is a Fishing License?

A fishing license is a document that allows individuals to fish in California. A fishing license is not required for residents of California, but it is required for non-residents. Non-residents may purchase a fishing license at a California State Department of Fish and Wildlife office. The license is good for the current year and any future year within that calendar year.

To qualify for a California fishing license, you must be at least 16 years old, have a valid driver’s license or state identification card, and possess an inch-square photograph taken within the past six months. If you are over 65 years old, you do not need to take the licensing exam, but you must still possess an inch-square photograph taken within the past six months.

To fish in California waters, you must possess a valid fishing license issued by the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). There are three types of licenses: angler, sportfishing, and commercial fishing. Each type of license has different requirements regarding where and when you can fish. Some examples include: an angler’s license is valid only on freshwater streams and rivers open to public access; a sportfishinglicense is valid only on salt water; and a commercialfishinglicense is valid anywhere in salt or fresh water as long as it’s accompanied by the appropriate permit.

How to Get a California Fishing License

If you are not a California resident, but plan to fish in the state, you will need to obtain a fishing license. There are three types of fishing licenses available in California: resident, nonresident, and commercial.

To qualify for a resident fishing license, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the state of California. Nonresidents may qualify for a nonresident fishing license if they are visiting California for less than 60 days and they have no intent to live in the state. Commercial fishermen may hold a commercial fishing license regardless of their residency status.

To obtain a fishing license, visit your local county office or the department of Fish and Wildlife’s (FW) website. You will need to provide your driver’s license or ID card number, as well as your residence address (if you are a resident). If you are not a CA resident but plan to fish in CA waters from an out-of-state vessel, you will also need to provide documentation that shows your boat is registered in another state and that you have the appropriate out-of-state fishing permit.

You may also submit an application online through FW’s website. Once you have submitted your application and received your licensing number, print out your fishing permit and bring it with you when you go out on the water.

Remember: Always wear proper gear while fishing—including wearing shoes that fit properly—and obey all safety regulations while out

Types of Fishing License

The California fishing license is the required document for anyone wishing to fish in the state, regardless of residency. There are a few types of licenses available, depending on the type of fishing activity being undertaken.

A General Fishing License is valid for all recreational fishing activities with a limit or no size restrictions. These can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and various online retailers.

A Fly Fishing License is required for those wishing to pursue fly fishing activities, such as trout and salmon fishing. These are also available through sporting goods stores and online retailers, but may be more expensive due to the added requirement.

A Big Game Hunting License is also required for those wishing to hunt big game animals, such as deer and elk. These are not available through sporting goods stores or online retailers, but must be obtained from an authorized government agency.

What Can I Take With My Fishing License?

If you’re not a resident of California, your fishing license is valid only while you’re actually fishing in California waters. To be exempt from the requirement to have a California fishing license, you must possess a valid state fishing license or permit from another U.S. state or territory that allows fishing in California waters.

In addition to having the proper license, you need to know the regulations for each type of fish you plan to catch. For trout and salmon, for instance, you need a trout or salmon stamp in your possession when taking your catch home; this stamp confirms that the fish was taken from state waters. Note that not all fish are subject to these restrictions – for example, striped bass can be caught anywhere in state waters – but it’s always important to check with the agency responsible for regulating sportfishing before heading out on the water.

Of course, there are other things you’ll need if you’re planning on spending any amount of time outdoors during your fishing trip: insect repellent (especially if mosquitoes are an issue), sunblock, water filters and proper clothing – including boots and long-sleeved shirts – to keep yourself cool and dry in summertime heat. And finally, don’t forget your tackle: rod and reel, lines and swivels (if applicable), hooks and bait (if using artificial lures).

Where Can I Fish in California?

Anglers in California can pursue a wide variety of fishing opportunities, depending on where they are located. This guide will outline the rules and regulations for fishing in California for non-residents.

In general, anglers in California may fish for any type of fish that is legal to harvest in their state, with the exception of striped bass (or their spawn), salmonids, kelpfish, sturgeon and lampreys. Most species of fresh water fish are legal to take with a barbless hook and line during open season. Some restrictions may apply during certain times of the year or when a particular length limit is in effect.

A license is not required to fish in California, but some rivers and lakes do require a license if you plan on taking any wildlife (big game) with you while fishing. Licenses can be purchased from local sporting goods stores or online retailers. For more information on purchasing a fishing license visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website:

There are many great locations to trout streamer fly fishing throughout the state, but here are just a few examples: Inland Empire: The Colorado River system offers some great trout streams that can be accessed from near Riverside and Victorville; Central Valley: The Kern River system offers good fly fishing opportunities near Bakersfield; South Coast: The Oceanside Pier area offers excellent surf casting spots for catch-and-release


If you’re planning a fishing trip to California but don’t live in the state, you’ll need to get a non-resident fishing license. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about getting a non-resident fishing license and how to use it while on your trip. We hope this guide has been helpful and that you have a great time fishing in California!