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Fishing License Prices and Purchasing Information

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LIFETIME LICENSES
Resident lifetime hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses serve in lieu of the equivalent annual license. Combination Hunting, Trapping & Fishing. (Class AB-L)* $570.00
Combination Hunting, Trapping & Fishing-Infant(Class AB-L-I)* $285.00
Fishing (Class B-L)* $325.00
Fishing-Infant (Class B-L-I)* $163.00
Trout Fishing (Class O-L)** $150.00
Trout Fishing-Infant (Class O-L-I)** $75.00
* Class I, U, V, W licenses and Conservation Stamp not required.
** Valid only when accompanied by a Class B, AB-L, AB-L-I, B-L, B-L-I, X, or XJ license.
RESIDENT LICENSES
Trout Fishing Stamp (Class O) Required by holders of Class B, AB-L, AB-L-I, B-L, B-L-I, F, K, Q, X, or XJ $10.00
Hunting & Trapping(Class A) $11.00
Conservation Stamp- Required for all licensed anglers except holders of Class X, XJ, B-L, B-L-I, AB-L, and AB-L-I, licenses $5.00
Fishing License (Class B) $18.00
Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping (Class X) for ages 18 through 64 $33.00
Junior Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping (Class XJ) for ages 15 through 17 $15.00
NONRESIDENT LICENSES
Trout Fishing Stamp (Class O) Required by holders of Class F or K $15.00
Conservation/Law Enforcement Stamp (Class CSLE) - Required for all licensed anglers $12.00
Annual Fishing License (Class F) $35.00
One-Day Fishing License (Class LL) $3.00
RESIDENT & NONRESIDENT LICENSES
National Forest Hunting/Trapping/Fishing (Class I) Required on National Forests in addition to Class B, F, E, Q or K $2.00
Licenses may be obtained from County Clerks or from authorized Hunting and Fishing License Agents. License issuing fee (in addition to cost of licenses)
License Agents $1.00
County Clerks $0.75
Only one issuing fee will be charged for licenses and/or stamps purchased at the same time in one name. Purchases of additional licenses will again be subject to an issuing fee.
Note: any full-time student of state colleges and universities shall be considered as a resident and is entitled to state resident license privileges.
 
Purchasing A License
Licenses may be obtained as follows:
  1. At over 350 retail agent locations throughout the state and all county clerks offices. $3 issuing fee for 1st purchase and $1 for subsequent purchases.
  2. Over the Internet at www.wvfish.com. (Official DNR website $2 issuing fee )
  3. Directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit by phoning (304) 558-2758.


For additional information please contact the Hunting and Fishing License Unit at:



Reciprocal Fishing

Ohio residents who carry fishing licenses valid in Ohio may fish on the Ohio River and its embayments or from the West Virginia banks of the Ohio River and embayments without obtaining West Virginia license.

West Virginia residents who carry fishing licenses valid in West Virginia may fish on Ohio River embayments in Ohio or from the Ohio banks of the Ohio River and embayments without obtaining an Ohio license.

West Virginia fishing laws and regulations must be followed when fishing on the Ohio River mainstream and on embayments or tributaries that are within the boundaries of West Virginia .

Ohio fishing laws and Ohio River fishing regulations for the Eastern Unit, which cover the West Virginia / Ohio border, must be followed while fishing on embayments or tributaries that are within the boundaries of Ohio .

The embayment and tributary reciprocal boundaries for each state are listed in the Waterfowl Hunting and Fishing on the Ohio River brochure available from West Virginia DNR offices, and online at www.wvdnr.gov. Ohio and West Virginia anglers may travel and fish embayments and tributaries to the landmark locations listed in the brochure. These locations are also defined by distance from the mouth of the tributary and GPS coordinates for convenience.

Potomac River - West Virginia residents who possess valid West Virginia fishing licenses may fish by angling in the waters of the Potomac River including the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake which are opposite both the West Virginia and the Maryland shores, and they may fish from the Maryland shore, without obtaining a Maryland fishing license, subject, however, to all other Maryland laws, rules and regulations applicable to fishing.

Maryland residents who possess valid Maryland fishing licenses may fish by angling in the waters of Jennings Randolph Lake which are opposite both the Maryland and West Virginia shores, and they may fish from the West Virginia shore of the Potomac River, including the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake without obtaining a West Virginia fishing license, subject, however, to all other West Virginia fishing laws, rules and regulations applicable to fishing. This agreement is limited to the Potomac River including the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake and does not extend to any of their tributaries. The State of Maryland has joint law enforcement jurisdiction on Jennings Randolph Lake .

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