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We sell the following California Fishing Licenses
and Mexican Permits:

2015 California Fishing Licenses Available Now!

Resident Sport Fishing w/Ocean Enhancement: $52.15
Nonresident Sport Fishing w/Ocean Enhancement: $126.36
Duplicate License w/Ocean Enhancement: $13.78

One-Day Sport Fishing License: $15.12

Two-Day Sport Fishing License: $23.50
Ten-Day Nonresident Sport Fishing License: $52.15

Ocean Enhancement Stamp: $5.14

2nd Rod Stamp: $13.78
Lobster Report Card: $9.46

Click here for a list of all other licenses sold by DFG

Mexican Fishing Licenses
If you will be fishing on a boat in Mexico, you will need to obtain a fishing license for all members who will be present on the boat.

Individual Licenses
One Day $20
One Week $40
One Year $65

California Sportfishing License Questions

Q: Who needs a sport fishing license?

A: Any person who is 16 years of age or older must possess a valid sport fishing license when taking any fish, shell fish, reptile, or amphibian in California (Fish and Game Code Section 7145). Fish and Game Code Section 86 defines take as: hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill.

Q: Do I have to wear my fishing license?

A: No. As of March 1, 2010, anglers no longer have to display their sport fishing license on their outer clothing above the waist. However, their sport fishing license must be in their immediate possession while fishing, except when diving as provided in Fish and Game Code Section 7145.

Q: How long is an annual sport fishing license valid?

A: Licenses are valid for a calendar year (January 1 through December 31) or for the remainder of the calendar year if purchased after January 1.

Q: Where can I purchase a sport fishing license?

A: Fishing licenses may be purchased online, from License Agents and at DFG License Sales Offices.

Q: How do I replace a lost or destroyed fishing license? UPDATED

A: Go to any License Agent or DFG License Sales Office and pay the appropriate fee for a duplicate sport fishing license. A small fee is charged for each duplicate validation.

If you lose your Abalone Report Card or Sturgeon Fishing Report Card you can obtain a duplicate from DFG license sales offices only. You must complete an Abalone Report Card Affidavit and pay the duplicate fee to replace an Abalone Report Card. You must complete a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card Affidavit and pay the duplicate fee to replace a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card. Duplicate fees are located on the license description page.

Q: Do I have to buy an annual license if I am only going to fish a couple of days?

A: No. Residents and nonresidents can purchase a One or Two-Day Sport Fishing License valid for fishing both ocean and freshwater. Nonresidents can also purchase a Ten-Day Nonresident Sport Fishing License.

Q: Can I get a refund on my fishing license?

A: No. Fishing licenses are considered valid and in use from the time of purchase and the fees cannot be refunded.

Q: Can I purchase a Lifetime Fishing License?

A: Yes. California residents may purchase lifetime fishing licenses. You can find information about the lifetime license application process online at

Q: Why do fees for fishing licenses, stamps and cards increase in price every year?

A: California law establishes fishing and hunting license fees each year for the DFG. The base fee for sport fishing licenses established in Fish and Game Code Section 7149 and the fees for validations and most report cards are established in other sections of the FGC or Title 14, of the California Code of Regulations.

The FGC requires license fees adjust in responce to increases (or decreases) in costs of goods and services using an index called the Implicit Price Deflator (Fish and Game Code Section 713). This index is a gauge of the change in the cost of goods and services from year to year.

For example, as hatchery, law enforcement and wildlife management costs have increased, license fees needed to increase to keep pace with these rising costs. Essentially, license fees adjust up and down to compensate for inflation or deflation. If license fees did not adjust for inflation, then funding for fish and wildlife management and protection would actually decrease because the buying power of a dollar has declined over the years.

Generally, the cost of goods and services increases at a fairly steady, slow rate. About two to three percent per year is common. In recent years, some costs have increased dramatically, particularly the cost of fuel. Because of this, the cost of goods and services jumped approximately 6.19% and 2009 license fees increased accordingly. If the cost of goods and services were to decrease, then license fees would actually decrease the same percentage.

Although fishing and hunting license fees have increased throughout the years, the increase ensures that the DFG has adequate funding to manage California's diverse fish and wildlife resources and provide the public with enjoyable fishing and hunting experiences.

Q: Can I purchase a fishing license for my friend?

A: You can if you have all the required information to issue a license to your friend.  If you do not have all the information required to purchase a license for your friend, you can purchase a gift voucher that your friend can redeem at any License Agent or DFG License Sales Office for a sport fishing license.

Q: Is a fishing license required while fishing from a public fishing pier in ocean waters?

A: No, but it must be a public fishing pier. A Sturgeon Fishing Report Card is required to take sturgeon from a public pier in ocean waters. A Spiny Lobster Report Card is required to take spiny lobster from a public pier in ocean waters.

(a) A sport fishing license is not required to take fish for any purpose other than profit by means of angling from a public pier in the ocean waters of the state. (b) For purposes of this section, ocean waters include, but are not limited to, the open waters adjacent to the ocean and any island; the waters of any open or enclosed bay contiguous to the ocean; the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, with any tidal bay belonging thereto; and any slough or estuary, if found between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Benicia-Martinez Bridge (Fish and Game Code Section 7153).

A public pier is defined in the sport fishing regulations as a publicly owned man-made structure that has the following characteristics: is connected, above the mean high tide, to the main coastline or to the land mass of a named and charted natural island; has unrestricted free access for the general public; and has been built or currently functions for the primary purpose of allowing angling access to ocean waters (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 1.88)

Additionally, publicly owned jetties or breakwaters that are connected to land, as described above, that have free unrestricted access for the general public and whose purpose it is to form the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor are public piers. Jetties, breakwaters, promenades, sea walls, moles, docks, linings, barriers and other structures that are not the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor, are not public piers.

Even though licenses and stamps are not required while fishing from a public pier, all other regulations apply (including minimum size, bag limits, seasons and report card requirements).

Mexican Fishing Licenses

If you will be fishing on a boat in Mexico, you will need to obtain a fishing license for all members who will be present on the boat.

You can purchase licenses from East County Bait and Tackle or if you prefer, directly through Conapesca:

Oficina de Pesca
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 15
San Diego, CA 92103
619-233-4324 telephone
619-233-0344 fax
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 2 PM

Only money orders or cashiers' checks in the correct amount are accepted. All money orders and cashiers' checks should be made out to Oficina de Pesca.

Click here for the application

FAQs about Mexican Sportfishing

Noted Regulations:
· In order to operate a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a valid personal fishing license for everybody aboard the boat regardless of age and whether fishing or not. A fishing license is not required when fishing from land
· Only one rod or line with hook is permitted in the water, per person, but there is no restriction regarding the number of replacement items
· The fishing license allows capture of fin fish only. It does not allow capture of any mollusks or crustaceans, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited. Totuava, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of the Ministry and may not be captured at any time
· To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used
· The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fisherman only, after written authorization from the Ministry before use

Bag and Possession Limits:
· In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten fish per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single species, except of the species of marlin, sailfish, swordfish and shark of which only one specimen of either is allowed and which counts as five toward the overall 10 fish limit, or dorado, roosterfish, shad or tarpon, of which only two samples of each species are allowed, and which count as five toward the overall 10 fish limit
· Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc) is five fish per day, whether of a single species or in combination
· Underwater fishing is limited to five fish per day, using rubber band or spring type harpoons, and only while skindiving
· There is no limit to the practice of "catch and release" as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition
· Where sportfishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above

· It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for ornamental purposes
· It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sportfishing
· It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, river banks, shores or oceanic waters
· It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem environment
· It is prohibited to practice sportfishing 250 meters or less from swimmers
· It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish
· It is prohibited to discharge firearms in Mexican waters
· Fish caught under a sportfishing license may not be filled aboard the vessel from which is was caught
· It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences, or record catches to be reported to the nearest Oficina de Pesca, or to its representation in San Diego, CA in order to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fisherman

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