Are you ready to reel in the catch of a lifetime in Washington’s world-class waters this year? Before you cast your first line, make sure you’re up to date on the latest Washington fishing license fees. Our ultimate 2024 cost guide breaks down everything you need to know, from resident and non-resident prices to senior and youth discounts. Plus, get expert tips on how to save money on your license and maximize your fishing adventures!

Washington Resident Fishing License Fees

Great news, Washingtonians! As a resident, you get exclusive discounts on fishing licenses compared to out-of-state anglers. Check out the most popular resident license options and 2024 prices:

  • Annual Combination Fishing License (freshwater, saltwater, shellfish): $55.35
  • Annual Freshwater Fishing License: $29.50
  • Annual Saltwater Fishing License: $30.05
  • 1-Day Combination Fishing License: $11.35
  • Annual Fish Washington License Package: $69.55 (best value!)

The Annual Fish Washington package is the ultimate deal for residents who plan to fish regularly. It includes an annual combo fishing license, two-pole endorsement, Puget Sound Dungeness crab endorsement, and your catch record cards – all the essentials for an epic season on the water.

Non-Resident Fishing License Prices

Visiting from another state? While non-resident license fees are slightly higher than resident prices, Washington still offers incredible value for out-of-state anglers. Here are the key non-resident license prices for 2024:

  • Annual Combination Fishing License: $124.65
  • Annual Freshwater Fishing License: $84.50
  • Annual Saltwater Fishing License: $59.75
  • 1-Day Combination Fishing License: $20.15
  • 3-Day Combination Fishing License: $35.55

Pro tip: For multi-day fishing trips, the 3-day combo license provides the best bang for your buck compared to purchasing individual day licenses.

Senior & Youth License Discounts

Washington offers special discounted fishing licenses for seniors age 70+ and youth under 15. Resident seniors can snag an annual combo fishing license for only $19.05 (a 66% discount) or a freshwater or saltwater license for just $7.50.

Youth under 15 fish for free – no license required! However, they still need to obtain a free catch record card for certain species like salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and halibut from a license dealer.

How to Save Money on Your WA Fishing License

Want to hook even more savings on your 2024 fishing license? Try these money-saving tips:

  • Fish for free on Free Fishing Weekend (June 8-9, 2024) – no license needed!
  • Purchase your license online and print at home to avoid dealer fees
  • Opt for cost-effective multi-day or annual combo license packages
  • See if you qualify for a discounted disabled veteran license

Keep in mind, fishing licenses are valid from April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025. Purchase early in the season to maximize your fishing time and value.

Where to Purchase Your Fishing License

You have several easy options for buying your 2024 Washington fishing license:

  • Online: WDFW website
  • Phone: 360-902-2464
  • In-person: 600+ license dealers statewide, including Walmart, Fred Meyer, and sporting goods stores
  • From your fishing charter or guide

When purchasing your license, remember to add on a Vehicle Access Pass for legal parking at all WDFW water access sites. Choose from an annual pass for $35 or a one-day pass for $11.50.

A father and son proudly display their catch after a successful day of fishing on a Washington lake.

Fishing Washingtons Abundant Waters
Fishing Washingtons Abundant Waters

Now that you’re an expert on 2024 Washington fishing license costs and requirements, you’re ready to embark on an unforgettable season of angling adventures. Secure your license, brush up on the current fishing regulations, and get ready to make a splash in the Evergreen State’s world-renowned waters!

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