Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Who needs a fishing license in Washington?

  • Everyone age 15 and up needs a license to fish in Washington.
  • You do not need a license if you are fishing for common carp, crawfish, bullfrogs, smelt, or unclassified marine invertebrates. See the WDFW Licensing website for all details about residents, non-residents, etc. 
  • If a person is behind child-support payments, it is likely that his or her privileges to fish in Washington are suspended.  The person will not be able to purchase a fishing license in Washington.  The Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support, is responsible for enforcing child-support laws and maintaining records of parents who are behind on child-support payments. If a person has questions, he or she should contact DSHS toll-free at 1-800-457-6202 or visit the Division of Child Support website.

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9th of July, 2012

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