License fees up, down

Washington changed its fishing license fees in 2011, but not until September, after most anglers had purchased their licenses.

That leaves some anglers in for surprises when they purchase licenses for the 2012-13 seasons – and not all of them are unpleasant.

Resident anglers will pay $27.50 for a season fishing license, up $3.50 from last year.

Nonresident anglers will pay significantly more for a season freshwater fishing license – $82.50, up from $50 last year.

The two-pole endorsement for selected waters was reduced from $24.50 last year to $14.30. The fee is $5.50 for seniors 70 and older.

Longer lists of current fishing license fees for Washington, Idaho and Montana are on the back of Fishing Map in this special section.

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