There are plenty of good fishing spots in America. People usually think of Alaska or Pacific Northwest when talking about fishing, as these are the watery playgrounds for fishing lovers. However, why don’t you try somewhere new this time: Arizona!
This state might surprise you with various trophy fish, and like any other state, a fishing license is required if you want to go fishing here. The cost will differ depending on your age and residency status.
In this article, we will be dícussing the cost as well as other laws and restrictions you should know before getting a fishing license in Arizona.
How much is a fishing license in Arizona?
The cost ranges from just a few dollars to over a hundred.
It mostly depends on the types of licenses you’re getting and whether or no you’re a resident.
A fishing license will not be required for kids under the age of 10, resident veterans with disabilities, and any Arizona residents who are legally blind. Check out the information below to know more.
- Fishing: $37 for residents and $55 for non-residents.
- Hunting: $35 for residents and currently not available for non-residents. However, you can check out the combo (fishing and hunting) below.
- Combo (fishing and hunting); $37 for residents and $160 for non-residents.
The validity of the licenses mentioned above is one year. Of course, you canalso purchase a short term license. The only kind of license available is the combo of fishing and hunting, which is $15/day for residents and $20/day for non-residents.
Arizona fishing license for seniors is offered free for those who are over 70 years old and have 25 years of consecutive residency. Military members who are on duty in Arizona can purchase a resident fishing license instead of a non-resident one. It’s the same for general hunting and the combo.
High achieving boy and girl scouts will also get a discount on the license fee. However, these individuals must be Arizona residents to get this privilege.
Note: There are numerous ways you can consider when getting a fishing license: at Walmart, online, etc. However, make sure to have one when going fishing in Arizona, or anywhere else in America.
If you are caught fishing without a license, and even though no fish were caught, the fine for this can be a couple of hundred dollars at the least, depending on the judge.
Why waste such amount of money when you can spend just a few bucks? Be a smart angler!
Limits and Regulations
Having a fishing license doesn’t mean you can catch as many fish as you want.
There are always regulations and possession limits put into place to help protect and preserve species of fish. It depends on where you fish that you follow the rules because there are places with specific restrictions.
If you ever catch a fish that is not within state regulations, it is needed that you release it back to nature. Educating yourself on types of fish as well as how to catch and release is an important thing to do before throwing a hook out.
One crucial thing to remember is that you will end up going to jail or paying a bunch of money if caught fishing beyond allowed limits.
I hope my article did help you understand better about Arizona non-resident fishing license as well as different costs for other activities.
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