The Easiest Way to Get a Lake Shasta Fishing License

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The Easy Way to Get Your Lake Shasta Fishing License

Lake Shasta is one of California's premier fishing locations. It's famous for its rainbow and brown trout, of course, but it's also home to chinook salmon, largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, black crappies, bluegills, carps, sunfish, and sturgeons. In addition to the fishing, you get amazing views of the scenic Sacramento Valley.

But you do need a if you want to fish in the lake, and getting one isn't always easy. That's where DoNotPay comes in: by allowing you to get your California fishing license entirely within the app, you can get it quickly and easily.

Who Needs a Fishing License in Lake Shasta?

Anybody over the age of 16 who is fishing in California needs a fishing license issued by the state. This includes catch-and-release fishing. You can fish from public piers for non-profit use with a license if those piers overlook the ocean, but that's obviously not the case in Lake Shasta.

Also, note that if you are fishing for specific species of fish, you will need to purchase and carry a report card at all times. These fish are:

  • Salmon in the Klamath, Trinity, and Smith rivers
  • Sturgeon
  • Steelhead
  • Spiny Lobster

These report cards must be filled in and turned in by January 31st of the following year (or April 30th for spiny lobster). Even fishers without licenses need one of these cards.

What Are the Different Types of Lake Shasta Fishing License?

There are several types of fishing licenses available in California. They are:

  1. Annual fishing licenses, which are valid for one calendar year and expire after December 31st
  2. Ten-day fishing licenses, which are available to non-residents of California
  3. Two-day fishing licenses
  4. One-day fishing licenses

There are also a variety of validations necessary for fishing in the ocean or catching certain types of fish (such as salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and spiny lobsters); for more information on these validations, see the state of California's list of them.

Fishing License Costs at Lake Shasta

The cost of getting a fishing license at Lake Shasta is as follows:

Annual fishing license$54.00 for residents, $145.80 for non-residents
Ten-day fishing license$54.00, only available to non-residents
Two-day fishing license$27.00
One-day fishing license$17.54

Note that you may be able to get a discounted or free fishing license if you are a low income senior citizen, a disabled veteran, a recovering service member, a low income Native American, or disabled.

How to Get a Lake Shasta Fishing License on Your Own

There are two ways to get a Lake Shasta fishing license: in-person and online.

How to Get a Lake Shasta Fishing License in Person

To get a California fishing license in person, visit any California Department of Fish and Wildlife office. Note that many CDFW offices are currently closed due to COVID-related restrictions, so buying online may be your only option for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. You can also go to any independent license agent to get your fishing license. Note that these independent agents cannot generally apply discounts such as the ones available to low-income senior citizens, but they do often accept cash payments.

If you can't get through to your local CDFW office, call 1 (888) 773-8450 between 5 AM and 4 PM Monday through Saturday, or between 5 AM and 2 PM on Sunday. You can also email with any questions you have about your fishing license.

How to Get a Lake Shasta Fishing License Online

If you want to get a Lake Shasta fishing license online, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's website and sign up for their online licensing portal.

How to Get a Lake Shasta Fishing License With DoNotPay

If you want to get your fishing license but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search "fishing license" on DoNotPay and select the state you would like a fishing license for.

  2. Indicate whether you are a resident or non-resident, and choose the type of license you want. For example, saltwater vs. freshwater license, three-day only pass, and more.

  3. Provide your contact information, a copy of your government-issued ID, and pay the fee required by the state.

Why Use DoNotPay to Get Your Lake Shasta Fishing License

DoNotPay is the fastest, easiest way to get your California fishing license. It works completely within the app, so there's no need to create a profile on the state's web portal or schedule a visit to a California Department of Fish and Wildlife office.

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