DFG Reminds Anglers to Purchase 2010 Fishing Licenses
New Fishing Regulations to Take Effect in March
As 2009 draws to a close, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds anglers to purchase a new sport fishing license before casting a line in 2010. Licenses are required of any person 16 years of age or older when taking any fish, shellfish, reptile or amphibian in California.
Sport fishing licenses, stamps and report cards are valid for one calendar year. Information about the specific license types and fees is available at DFG’s Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/fishdescrip.html.
In December, the Fish and Game Commission voted to rescind the long-standing requirement that fishing licenses be worn above the waist. This regulation will go into effect March 1, 2010. Until then, all licenses purchased online or from an agent must still be displayed above the waist and clearly visible while fishing.
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2010, the Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp will no longer be required.
All resident and non-resident sport fishing licenses, both annual and short-term, and selected stamps and report cards are available for purchase from DFG sales offices and authorized license agents. Anglers can find a list of sales offices and business hours or look up license agents in their area at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing.
Anglers with Internet access can also purchase a sport fishing license and selected stamps online at www.dfg.ca.gov/OnlineSales. The purchaser can print out a one-day or two-day license, or a temporary annual license. Non-residents can also purchase a 10-day license. Licenses purchased online may be printed at home for immediate use; annual license purchasers will receive a permanent license in the mail within 10 days. Report cards must still be obtained from one of the 1,800 authorized license agents throughout the state or at a local DFG license sales office.
DFG sells approximately 2 million sport fishing licenses and generates more than $62 million in revenue annually. One-third of the revenue generated by these sales is earmarked for DFG’s Hatcheries and Fish Planting Facilities Program; the rest supports fisheries management and protection through the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.