A Utah recreational fishing license activates your ability to fish in the state. This license, also called a sport fishing license, is issued by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and obtaining one is the first step to take if you wish to catch fish in UT. There are many recreational fishing licenses available, and you will have to decide which to buy based on how long you need it for, how old you are and whether or not you are a resident of Utah.
Utah also offers a commercial fishing license, which allows holders to take fish from state waters and use them for economic benefit. Commercial fishing permits are also obtained through the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Who needs a fishing license in Utah?
A game fishing license is required for anyone 12 years or older who wants to fish recreationally in Utah. However, you do not have to purchase a sport fishing license to fish on Free Fishing Day (June 9 in 2018) or if you are younger than 12 years of age.
Utah Fishing License Requirements
To obtain a game and fish fishing license, you must be at least 12 years old. If you are applying for a resident recreational fishing license, you must also prove that you are a resident of Utah. To qualify as a resident, you must have lived in Utah for at least six continuous months immediately prior to your application. You should also not have a resident recreational fishing license in any other state.
Types of Fishing Licenses in Utah
Recreational and commercial fishing license types come in many varieties in Utah. To determine what kind of fishing license you need, decide ahead of time how often you plan to fish, whether you wish to sell your catches and also factor in your age. The following Utah fishing licenses are available to applicants who want to fish in the state:
- Ages 12-13
- Ages 14-17
- Ages 18-64
- Ages 65+
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 14-17)
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 18-64)
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 65+)
- Ages 12-13
- Ages 14-17
- Ages 18 and older
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 17 and younger)
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 18 and older)
- Commercial fishing license Certificate of Registration (COR)
What types of fish can I catch with fishing licenses in Utah?
With a game fishing license, as well as a commercial fishing license, you may take game fish and certain types of nongame fish. As long as you have a fishing license or combo license, you may take nongame fish during the appropriate open fishing season. Be aware, however, that in many places carp are the only non-game fish that may be taken in a particular body of water. Further, no sport fishing license allows you to take the following types of nongame fish:
- Bluehead sucker
- Colorado pikeminnow (formerly known as Colorado squawfish)
- Flannelmouth sucker
- Gizzard shad (with certain exceptions at Lake Powell)
- Grass carp
- Humpback chub
- June sucker
- Least chub
- Northern leatherside chub
- Razorback sucker
- Roundtail chub
- Southern leatherside chub
- Virgin chub
- Virgin spinedace
What types of fish require special fishing permits or tags in Utah?
A reciprocal fishing license is required to take any fish from Wyoming Flaming Gorge ($10) or Arizona Lake Powell ($8) since these bodies of water are shared with other states.
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How long is a fishing license valid in Utah?
A commercial or recreational fishing license in UT comes with various lengths, depending on the type you buy. You may purchase recreational or commercial fishing permits for the following lengths of time (residents and non-residents):
- Three straight days
- Seven straight days
- 365 straight days (begins the day of purchase)
There are also multi-year fishing licenses available for purchase. These allow you to pay for an additional year or years of licensed fishing, up to five years. This add-on is available to both residents and nonresidents, for both regular and combo licenses.
Lifetime recreational fishing licenses were available from 1984 to 1994, but have since been discontinued. It is no longer possible to purchase a lifetime fishing license in Utah, although previously issued lifetime licenses are still honored today.
How much does a Utah fishing license cost?
Below are Utah recreational and commercial fishing license prices:
- 365-day recreational fishing license (ages 12-13) – $5
- 365-day license (ages 14-17) – $16
- 365-day recreational fishing license (ages 18-64) – $34
- 365-day license (ages 65+) – $25
- 365-day fishing/hunting combo license (ages 14-17) – $20
- 365-day fishing/hunting combo license (ages 18-64) – $38
- 365-day fishing/hunting combo license (ages 65+) – $29
- 3-day license (all ages) – $16
- 7-day license (all ages) – $20
- Multi-year fishing license – $33 each year
- Multi-year combo license – $37 each year
- Recreational fishing license (ages 12-13) – $5
- Recreational fishing license (ages 14-17) – $25
- Recreational fishing license (ages 18 and older) – $75
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 17 and younger) – $29
- Fishing/hunting combo license (ages 18 and older) – $85
- 3-day license (all ages) – $24
- 7-day license (all ages) – $40
- Multi-year fishing license – $74 each year
- Multi-year combo license – $84 each year
- Commercial fishing license Certificate of Registration (COR) – $150 initial fee
Are fishing license discounts available in Utah?
Game fishing license discounts are available for disabled veterans, the intellectually and physically disabled, seniors and youth under 18.
Where can I get a fishing license in Utah?
You can get a UT fishing license online, at a license agent, at a DWR office or by phone.
How can I replace my Utah fishing license?
To replace your Utah fishing license, visit your local DWR office or license agency.