Types of Fishing Licenses in Arizona
Fishing licenses in AZ are issued by the Fish and Game Department and can be of two kinds:
Regular recreational fishing licenses
Commercial fishing licenses
Regular Fishing Licenses in Arizona
Recreational fishing licenses in Arizona are issued to any resident and non-resident angler who plans
to fish in public state waters. To obtain a license to fish, anglers must be at least 10 years of age.
In addition to the regular license, eligible anglers can apply for the following complimentary
combination licenses, free of charge:
A pioneer license (for citizens older than 70 who have been Arizona residents for 25 consecutive
A disabled veteran license (for individuals whose disabilities are rated as 100 percent disabling
and who have been AZ residents for one or more consecutive years)
Regular AZ fishing licenses can be purchased either online or in person. To buy a fishing license
online, use the license sales system on the official AZ Game and Fish Department website. You must
print your license after purchasing, as the department will not mail one to you. If you decide to
purchase your license in person, visit one of the state's authorized license dealers. Regular fishing
licenses have different fees depending on their purpose:
Community fishing ($24)
General fishing ($37)
Combo hunt and fish ($57)
Short-term combo hunt and fish ($15 per day)
Youth combo hunt and fish ($5)
These fees may change without notice.
Nonresidents can buy fishing licenses in Arizona by filling out a non-resident license mail order
form. Listed below are the costs for non resident fishing licenses:
General fishing ($55)
Community fish ($24)
Combination hunting and fishing ($160)
Commercial Fishing Licenses in Arizona
If you fish for profit, you must get a commercial fishing license, which in AZ is the aquatic wildlife
stocking permit. With this permit, you are able to purchase, stock, transport, import and possess any
fish species stated on the permit at all authorized locations. The live aquatic fish catch must be
obtained from a private fish pond or licensed fish farm, and all facilities must be free of dis eases
printed on the permit. Obtaining aquatic wildlife species from places other than designated private or
commercial sources must be regulated with the AZ Fish and Game Department.
To apply for an aquatic stocking permit, fill out the 2710-A application form and submit it to any
regional department office for approval. Once the department issues the permit, you must meet the
Every shipment must be accompanied by:
A certificate of disease inspection
A copy of the permit
The inspection must be performed within 12 months before the shipment.
A transporter license may be required for the commercial transporter of live aquatic wildlife.
Fishing Education in Arizona
Amateur anglers who would like to improve their fishing skills and learn new tips and tricks can
enroll in fishing classes. In Arizona, the Sport Fishing Education Program is the most extensive
fishing training intended for new fishermen learning the sport basics. It encompasses fishing in state
waters such as urban and rural lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs and provides practical experience
and quality learning environment for beginning anglers. The program is open to the public and is
conducted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Alternatively, there are specific educational groups for senior citizens, schools, girl and boy
scouts, and communities. To perform these activities, the department relies on the services of
volunteer instructors, fishing contractors and department personnel. The department also provides all
education and fishing materials such as rods, baits and reels. The fishing classes and programs are
free for all participants and the fishing rules regularly applicable to anglers are waived
specifically for the program. To see the schedule for fishing education classes, visit the official
Arizona Game and Fish Department website.
Fishing Organizations in Arizona
Depending on the type of fishing you would like to engage in and the fish species you intend to catch,
there are many fishing organizations throughout Arizona for all beginner and experienced anglers.
Explore a few of the most popular ones:
The Arizona B.A.S.S. Nation
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
The Trout Unlimited
The Arizona B.A.S.S. Nation (as a part of the National B.A.S.S. Nation) is an organization uniting all
bass anglers in communities and clubs, with the main purpose of fish conservation, organization of
tournaments and youth programs. The AZ branch enables passionate anglers to prepare for the annual
tournaments, as well as to take part in state conservation efforts and children's educational
activities, such as the BASSMASTER CastingKids Program.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation in AZ is a nonprofit organization with the main
purpose of developing, promoting and encouraging recreational fishing in the state. The organization
aims to educate the public about the importance of protection and conservation of the state's natural
resources. The RBFF is also focused on presenting fishing as a recreational sport to all residents,
regardless of age, culture and gender.
The Trout Unlimited is an organization for fishery restoration consisting of conservation
professionals such as scientists, lawyers and policy experts who make the functioning of TU possible
on all levels. The organization’s main goal is to use the most relevant information and tools to
assess the behavior and health of coldwater fish species. The long-term vision is to increase the
number of coldwater fish in North America, including Arizona, by protecting the trout in its natural
habitat, as well as by restoring waters where the number of trout and salmon species has been reduced.