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Fishing Licenses

Most states require that anglers possess a fishing license when fishing in fresh waters. Some coastal states also require separate saltwater fishing licenses. A resident fishing license is sold to residents of the state, who generally must prove that they have lived in the statea bona fide domicilefor six months. Normally a current driver's license is valid proof. Nonresident licenses are sold to out-of-staters.

Resident fishing licenses average in the $10 to $20 range, and are valid for the calendar year. Nonresident annual fishing licenses are more expensive, usually costing from $20 to $30. (License fees often increase incrementally every couple of years.) Many states sell nonresident licenses that are valid for a limited time, generally from three to ten days, and are cheaper than an annual nonresident license. These short-term licenses are typically bought by anglers visiting a distant state for a short period.

Fishing licenses are generally not required for children or seniors. Kids younger than 14 or 16, depending on the state, don't need a license. However, some states do require junior licenses for teens, which are cheaper than adult licenses; and senior fishing licenses for those over a certain age, usually 65 or so.

A number of states require special tags or stamps for those who will be fishing in a particular water, or for a particular species, usually one that is stocked, such as trout, or one that is suffering from either overfishing or loss of habitat due to pollution or human encroachment. This provides the state with an extra source of revenue for hatchery operations or for research programs. These stamps generally cost from $5 to $15, depending on the state, the species, and the classification (resident or nonresident), and must be purchased in addition to the regular fishing license. The regular license usually has a space where the species stamp is to be affixed.

Sometimes the species stamp is necessary just for fishing in waters that hold that species. In New Jersey, for example, a trout stamp (along with a regular fishing license) must be purchased by anyone who will be fishing in waters that hold trout. Even if you're fishing specifically for another speciescatfish, sayin a designated trout water, you must have the trout stamp affixed to your license.

Pennsylvania serves as a good example of various licenses and their costs. As this book went to press, a resident annual fishing license cost $17; no license is required by anglers younger than 16. Residents 65 and over can purchase a senior fishing license for $4. Nonresidents of Pennsylvania pay $35 for an annual fishing license, $30 for a seven-day tourist license, and $15 for a three-day license. Both resident and nonresident anglers who fish for

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