To date, a California fishing license expired December 31st, no matter what month you bought it in. Legislation is moving through the houses that would make it last 12 months.
Despite California’s vast expanse of coastline, streams, lakes and reservoirs, the State has ranked very last in surveys for fishing participation per capita. A contributing factor to this was the current fishing license system where the fixed expiration of December 31st made buying a fishing license less economical the later in the year you get it.
Who wants to pay full price for a partial product?
Senate Bill 345, the California Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015 would make fishing licenses valid for a full 12 months from the day you buy it. This simple common sense modification should boost fishing participation and license revenue, which directly funds valuable conservation efforts across the state.
This bill passed it’s committee with a unanimous vote for it and has the broad, bipartisan support of user groups and related industry leaders.
But your voice is still needed to keep 345 on track as it comes to a broader vote. Keep America Fishing is working hard to protect your right to fish. They have provided this link to facilitate the process of making your voice heard to the appropriate parties.
Take a second and take a stand for your passions.