The fishing may be great in Arizona, but not if the angler gets caught without the proper licenses. Both residents and non-residents are required, by law, to have in their possession while they are fishing any water with public access in the state of Arizona, a valid fishing or combination license. This license requirement is for anyone who is 14 years-old or old unless they are blind residents of Arizona. These fishing licenses are valid for the time period that is written or printed on them and they are non-transferable. Fishermen can purchase their fishing license at many locations including online at azgfd.gov, at licensed dealers throughout the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department Offices or on the telephone by calling (866) 462-0433.
There are several fishing licenses that anglers in Arizona, both residents and non-residents, can choose from. Residents of Arizona can choose from a Class A Fishing License which is the General Fishing License that is good for all species except trout, a Class U which is the Urban Fishing License, a Class K Combination License which is the Family Combination License, a Class D Fishing License which is a One- Day Fishing License, a Class L Fishing License which is the Super Conservation Fishing License, a Class N Combination Fishing License which is the Super Conservation Combination Hunting and Fishing License, or a Class G Fishing License which is the General Fishing License.
Non-residents of Arizona can choose from a Class A Fishing License which is the General Fishing License that is good for all species except trout, a Class U Fishing License which is the Urban Fishing License, a Class D Fishing License which is a One- Day Fishing License and a Class G Fishing License which is the General Fishing License.
Additional Fishing Stamps are also required for some areas and some species of fish. For residents these include Trout stamps, two-pole stamp, additional fishing day stamp (adds a day to a one day fishing license), Colorado River stamp- California, Colorado River stamp – Nevada, as well as the Lake Powellel stamps and permits. Non-residents of Arizona are also required to purchase these stamps as well, with the exception of the Colorado River stamp – Nevada.
Even though there are many licenses and stamps that are required to legally fish the public accessible waters throughout the state, there are few times when it is legal to fish with no license or stamp. These exceptions are fishing when fishing public waters on a free fishing day, when the angler is registered and is participating in an Arizona Game and Fish Department sponsored fishing clinic or if they are fishing private waters with the permission of the owner of the property where the water is located.