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California Bill Would Make Fishing Licenses Valid For A Full Year After Purchase

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A California fishing license costs $48 dollars and expires at the end of December. That's a good deal if you buy it in January, but not so good if bought later in the year at the same price.

The state Legislature is studying a bill that would make the license good for 365 days from the date of purchase.

Marko Mlikotin with the California Sportsfishing League said since 1980 license sales in the state have dropped 55 percent while the population has increased 60 percent.

He added that anglers boost the economy by $4.6 billion annually.

“Not only do they stay at hotels and bed and breakfast and go to restaurants, fuel their pickup trucks — all of that creates economic activity and revenue for communities dependent upon outdoor recreation and tourism,” Mlikotin said.

Mlikotin said the bill would also include a mobile app to purchase licenses, find fishing spots and reserve campgrounds.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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