California Fishing License
Fishing is one of America's favorite outdoor recreational pastimes. The California Fishing Passport Program is grounded in the belief that fishing offers an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with family and create lifelong memories. Getting out on the water helps reduce stress and makes people feel good.
By participating, anglers provide vital funding. Fewer than 10 percent of recreational anglers are aware that their participation plays a vital role in sustaining resources and promoting safe and responsible use of our nation's waters (Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation). CDFW's freshwater and aquatic resource management budget is largely supported by fishing license sales and Sport Fish Restoration funds. These funds are derived from motorboat fuel taxes and a special excise tax on fishing tackle and equipment.