Arizona Fishing License Changes

Arizona Fishing License Changes

As an Arizona native, I grew up on the Salt River and its lakes and canals. Fishing was a significant part of my life and is intertwined with so many of my childhood memories. For as long as I can remember, children could fish Arizona lakes, rivers, and parks without a license until they were 14 years old. That all changed last year when new fishing licenses and fees went into effect. The biggest change was the introduction of the Youth Hunt and Fish License for ages 10-17.

Even though these new regulations have been in effect for over a year, many families have not heard of the changes.  In case this is all news to you, here are the highlights of the new license and fee structure introduced in 2014. For a complete license structure and fee schedule go here.

General Fishing License – Now includes Community Fishing waters (used to be called Urban Fishing). Cost is $37 for Arizona residents.

Youth Combination Hunt and Fish – The same privileges as the General Fishing License, but also includes small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, certain nongame animals, and upland game birds. Cost is $5 and is for children ages 10-17.

Community Fishing License – This license is for fishing Community Fishing waters (previously the Urban Fishing license). Cost is $24.

Another change in the licensing rules is the duration of the license. Fishing licenses are now good for a year from the date of purchase instead of only for the remainder of the calendar year.

If you are a regular Arizona angler, you have likely already heard of these changes. If not, then what is stopping you from casting that line? Licenses can be purchased from the Arizona Game and Fish Department in person or online, as well as at many area retailers.

About Janice

Janice is an Arizona native, a soldier's girl, daughter of the King, and mother to two. She shares family activity ideas, recipes, crafts, and product reviews at Celebrating Family. Read more about Janice here!