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Get a Fishing License

Fishing License Fees are as follows:

 - Purchase for District resident: $10.00 >>

 - Purchase for non-resident: $13.00 >>

 - 14-Day pass purchase: $6.50 >>

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.

Licensing Requirements

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.

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