West Virginia Fishing License Price and Information

West Virginia Fishing License

Anyone fishing in West Virginia waters over the age of 15 are required to possess a valid West Virginia fishing license along with a valid ID. Learn more about the different types of licenses available to catch fish in WV. View the table below to find out how much is a West Virginia fishing license. Prices for both WV residents and non-residents are included.

Lifetime WV Fishing License

Resident lifetime hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses $805
Combination Hunting, Trapping & Fishing-Infant$402.50
Fishing$552
Fishing-Infant$276
Trout Fishing$230
Trout Fishing-Infant$115
Senior Lifetime Hunting & Fishing $25

WV Resident Fishing License and Stamps

Fishing License $19
Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping for ages 18 through 64$35
Junior Sportsman Hunting/Fishing/Trapping for ages 15 through 17$16
Trout Fishing Stamp$10
Conservation Stamp- Required for all licensed anglers$5
Trout Fishing Stamp $16
West Virginia Resident 5-Day Fishing License$5

West Virginia Non Resident Fishing License Cost

WV Non Resident Fishing License$37
West Virginia Non Resident One Day Fishing License$3
National Forest Hunting/Trapping/Fishing – Required on National Forests$2
Conservation Stamp$13
West Virginia Fishing License

Exemptions for WV Fishing Licenses

  • Residents who are legally blind and can show proof
  • Residents who have turned 65 before the date January 1, 2012. The person must carry a West Virginia driver’s license or photo ID
  • Both non-residents and residents who are under the age of 15
  • Residents who are on active duty in the U.S. armed forces while on military leave. These individuals must provide leave papers while fishing to show the Department of Natural Resources officers for proof. 
  • Developmentally disabled residents. Individuals must carry a DDFL card. 
  • Residents or in-patients of any state mental hospital, health, or benevolent institution. The individual must be under proper supervision and carry a written statement or certificate signed by the facility or superintendent of the institution. 
  • Residents discharged from the U.S. armed forces who receive total permanent disability benefits or former prisoners of war and determined by the Veterans Administration. 

West Virginia Fishing Laws And Regulations

West Virginia employs the Division of Natural Resources officers who are responsible for enforcing the state fishing regulations. Without fishing regulations and laws, our fish populations would become endangered or depleted. It is important to know and understand all applicable fishing laws before casting your line. Make sure to check out the current West Virginia regulations before you go fishing. Learn more about the WV fishing regulations at the WVDNR website.

WV Fishing License Price

As you can see, the cost of a West Virginia fishing license varies depending on the type you purchase. If you fish as much as we do, the best bang for your buck lies in the lifetime hunting and fishing license. If you start early enough it can be had for only $402.50. A WV lifetime hunting and fishing license makes a great first birthday present for that special child or grandchild in your family.

Reciprocal Fishing In West Virginia

The following states have agreements with West Virginia allowing license holders to fish without a West Virginia fishing license. Additionally, other states allow West Virginia residents with a valid fishing license to fish without obtaining a license for their state.

Ohio

Ohio residents who carry fishing licenses valid in Ohio may fish on the Ohio River and its embayments or from the West Virginia banks of the Ohio River and embayments without obtaining West Virginia license.

West Virginia residents who carry fishing licenses valid in West Virginia may fish on Ohio River embayments in Ohio or from the Ohio banks of the Ohio River and embayments without obtaining an Ohio license.

West Virginia fishing laws and regulations must be followed when fishing on the Ohio River mainstream and on embayments or tributaries that are within the boundaries of West Virginia .

Ohio fishing laws and Ohio River fishing regulations for the Eastern Unit, which cover the West Virginia / Ohio border, must be followed while fishing on embayments or tributaries that are within the boundaries of Ohio .

The embayment and tributary reciprocal boundaries for each state are listed in the Waterfowl Hunting and Fishing on the Ohio River brochure available from West Virginia DNR offices, and online at www.wvdnr.gov. Ohio and West Virginia anglers may travel and fish embayments and tributaries to the landmark locations listed in the brochure. These locations are also defined by distance from the mouth of the tributary and GPS coordinates for convenience.

Maryland

Maryland residents who possess valid Maryland fishing licenses may fish by angling in the waters of Jennings Randolph Lake which are opposite both the Maryland and West Virginia shores, and they may fish from the West Virginia shore of the Potomac River, including the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake without obtaining a West Virginia fishing license, subject, however, to all other West Virginia fishing laws, rules and regulations applicable to fishing. This agreement is limited to the Potomac River including the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake and does not extend to any of their tributaries. The State of Maryland has joint law enforcement jurisdiction on Jennings Randolph Lake .

Potomac River – West Virginia residents who possess valid West Virginia fishing licenses may fish by angling in the waters of the Potomac River including the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake which are opposite both the West Virginia and the Maryland shores, and they may fish from the Maryland shore, without obtaining a Maryland fishing license, subject, however, to all other Maryland laws, rules and regulations applicable to fishing.