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California Sport Fishing

Before you bait your hook and cast it into the Gulf, you're going to need to have your California Sport Fishing license on your person. Will you be Sport Fishing in either saltwater or freshwater? Either way, you’ll want to read up on CA Sport Fishing licensing requirements before you cast your line.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many California fishing-related services, including information on obtaining a new fishing license, fishing regulations in your state and fishing safety courses. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from different California fishing organizations, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.

2: Via the CDFW

If you prefer to access additional material on California fishing services and regulations, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support.

California Sport Fishing Licenses

California Sport Fishing is defined as; any activity that involves taking fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians or reptile in inland or ocean waters. To learn more about California Sport Fishing as well as licensing and regulations, please check out .  

Purchasing a California Sport Fishing License

When obtaining a CA Sport Fishing license, your fees will vary depending on the type of license you are purchasing. To find out the cost of the type of California Sport Fishing license you’re looking to purchase, go to . To purchase online, go to .  You can also pay at a CDFW Licensed Sales Office.  To find a location near you, visit . Last but not least, you can purchase by phone.  Just call toll-free: 800-565-1458.