There is some debate as to whether or not fishing is a “sport”. As thousands of bass, catfish and pikeperch tournament anglers and their fans can attest, it can certainly be a “competition”. But “sport fishing” is any fishing that is not commercial. Unless you are selling harvested fish, all you need is a sport fishing license.
The first thing I do when I travel to another state is to get a copy of the state’s sport fishing regulations. It explains what species are available, where and when each can be caught, and what size and quantity can be kept. Do not just skim this publication. study it carefully. Keep one in the boat or under the seat of your truck. Some information about the rules of sport fishing can be complicated. By acquiring your recreational fishing license, funds will continue to be provided for sampling and research to maintain the sustainability of fisheries for each body of water.
Anglers in Bassmaster Elite tournaments must obtain a sport fishing license outside of the state in each state in which they compete. The 2019 tournament trail was recently released and anglers will fish in at least 9 states including California. A non-California sport fishing license costs about $ 130. That might sound like a lot, but when you look at the years of chance of landing a double-digit trout or fleck bass, as well as the many other opportunities that arise, it sounds like a bargain!
A fishing license is the same as a “sport fishing license” as long as you “only” fish for recreation, relaxation or old fun. These licenses can be purchased as “lifetime”, annual or just a few days for travelers and are easily available online or through most sports stores. How many states have you fished this year?
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.