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Fishing Licenses

Everyone needs to have a fishing license purchased prior to meeting at the launch site. If you created a myODFW account, please log in and make sure you’re logged in and ready to tag your catch prior to your trip. If you printed your Oregon fishing license or have a Washington fishing license, please bring all pages of it with you on the trip. You will need to physically write down the date, location and species for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut you retain. E-tagging on your phone through the myODFW app can make things a lot simpler the while you’re out on the water.

 

Oregon Fishing Licenses

You may purchase licenses online at https://odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login  or visit a local retailer. The online system makes things pretty simple, and e-tagging works great. If planning on using the app to e-tag, be sure to check the e-tag box when you first set up your ODFW account.

One-Day Fishing License (e-tag):

Create an account for each angler, which requires a SSN and email address. To purchase your license, choose, “access full ODFW account online”. Log in then click, “purchase from the catalog”. Select the One Day Angling & Shellfish License. If you’re fishing the Columbia or any of its Oregon tributaries, add the Columbia Basin Endorsement for $1 when it pops up.

Annual Fishing License (e-tag):

Create an account for each angler, which requires a SSN and email address. To purchase your license, choose, “access full ODFW account online”. Log in then click, “purchase from the catalog”. Select the Annual Angling License and the Combined Angling Tag, which may be in two different sections. If you’re fishing the Columbia or any of its Oregon tributaries, add the Columbia River Basin Endorsement.

One-Day Fishing License (printed)

No need to create an account, you can check out as a guest. If you’re purchasing day licenses for more than just yourself, the printed method can be easier. Feel free to ask us for help. 

Scroll down below the login section to “Guest Checkout”. Select the One Day Angling & Shellfish License. If you’re fishing the Columbia or any of its Oregon tributaries, add the Columbia Basin Endorsement for $1 when it pops up. Then check out. You must repeat this process for each angler, entering name and birthdate. Print both the license and tag and bring them with you on the day of your trip.

 

Washington Fishing Licenses

To purchase a Washington license, visit https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/#/login. You must create an account, even for a day license. It takes 10 days to receive your license by mail when purchased online. Should you need your license sooner, you will need to visit a local retailer. To fish you will need either a 1-3 Day Combination Fishing License or an Annual Combination Fishing License. Both require a Catch Record Card to tag your fish. 

 

Fishing Licenses for the Columbia River 

If we are fishing the Columbia River, or the ocean outside its mouth, both Oregon and Washington licenses are valid no matter which side of the river we launch on. Washington residents can use Washington fishing licenses, even though we usually launch on the Oregon side of the river. Honestly, if you need a day license, dealing with the Oregon system is a lot easier, even if you’re a Washington resident.

 

Fishing with Kids

Kids must have valid licenses to fish!

Oregon Fishing Licenses for Kids

  • Kids age 11 and under must purchase the $5 Youth Combined Angling Tag and will receive their Annual Angling license for free.
  • Kids ages 12-17 will need a $10 Annual Youth Angling License and the $5 Youth Combined Angling Tag. 
  • Both options should include the required Columbia Basin Endorsement. 
  • Create a myODFW account for your child or visit a local retailer to purchase.

Washington Fishing Licenses for Kids

(WA residents only)

  • A Catch Record Card (where you tag your fish) is free but required for all ages.
  • Kids though age 14 don’t need a license but do need a Catch Record Card.
  • 15 year-olds need an Annual Combination License for $8.05. 
  • Anyone age 16 and above will need an Adult Combination License (annual or daily).

Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River is great fun for kids.

As always, we’re here to help with every step of your trip. Please reach out with any questions or if you need help navigating the ODFW/WDFW licensing sites.