Fishing License Fees are as follows:
Fishing licenses are valid from the date of purchase until December 31 of the year displayed on the license.
Scientific Research Permit
- Nonprofit or Public Institution: no charge
- For-Profit Research Organization: $50.00
A person wanting to purchase a fishing license or obtain a scientific collecting permit should contact the Fisheries and Wildlife Division at (202) 535-2260.
The Fisheries Management Regulations promulgated on March 27, 1987, under the District of Columbia's Water Pollution Control Act of 1984 (DC Law 5-188), states the following:
Effective January 1, 1988, no person except:
(a) persons under sixteen (16) years of age and
(b) persons sixty-five (65) years of age or older,
shall take fish or other aquatic organisms from District waters unless the person is licensed by the Department of Health.
A licensed angler shall maintain possession of the license while angling. A scientific collection permit shall be required for the scientific collection of fish or other aquatic organisms from District waters.