Home to stunningly beautiful clear lakes and well-stocked waters, Mammoth Lakes has long been a popular fishing spot. If fishing happens to be something on your Mammoth to-do list during the fishing season, which ranges from late spring through early autumn, you’ll need a license if you’re in your late teens or older. Here’s what you’ll need to know about fishing licenses in Mammoth Lakes, brought to you by the friendly folks at ASO Mammoth, your year-round one-stop shop for everything from fishing equipment and licenses to Mammoth snowboard rentals.
When a Fishing License Is Required
Mono County, where Mammoth Lakes is located, requires anglers 16 and older to have licenses. This applies to both locals and visitors to the area. Therefore, if you’ll be visiting Mammoth Lakes, you’ll need a license for yourself and anyone else coming with you who is 16 or older and planning to fish.
Fishing License Options
If you regularly visit the Mammoth area to fish throughout the duration of the fishing season, you may prefer an annual fishing license. Annual licenses are typically valid from the beginning of the year until the end of the year. However, if you only plan to fish here once or twice per fishing season, you’ll likely prefer short-term options with licenses. These include:
• One-day sport fishing license – This is a license that’s valid for one specific day, which is ideal if you only have plans to fish on one of your days here.
• Two-day sport fishing licenses – These licenses are valid for two consecutive calendar days, which works well for weekend trips to Mammoth Lakes.
• Ten-day nonresident sport fishing licenses – Valid for ten consecutive days, this type of license could work for you if you have plans for a longer stay in the Mammoth area.
Note: Cash isn’t accepted for payment at regional license locations.
License Purchase Locations
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, fishing licenses can be purchased at several locations throughout the state. In the Mammoth Lakes area, these locations include:
• ASO Mammoth Lakes
Address: 452 Old Mammoth Road
Phone: (760) 965-3444
• Convict Lake Resort
Address: 2000 Convict Lake Road
Phone: (760) 934-3800 Ext. 21
• Crowley Lake Fish Camp
Address: 1149 South Landing Road
Phone: (760) 935-4301
• Kittredge Sports
Address: 3218 Main Street
Phone: (760) 934-7566
• Rick’s Sport Center
Address: 3241 Main Street
Phone: (760) 934-3416
• The Troutfitter
Address: 2987 Main Street
Phone: (760) 934-2517
• Vons #2400
Address: 481 Old Mammoth Road
Phone: (760) 934-4536
Report Card Requirements
The CDFW requires report cards for anyone fishing who’s not required to have a license. This would include any children with you under the age of 16 who will be fishing at one time or another during your visit here. This also applies to anyone fishing on free fishing days.
You may also purchase a fishing license online before you arrive at Mammoth Lakes. Visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife website to make an online license purchase. This is also the site to visit if you’ll need report cards.
If you want to experience some of the best fishing in the state, come to beautiful Mammoth Lakes. No matter which sport brings you to Mammoth, stop by and see the knowledgeable staff at ASO Mammoth. Whether they need fishing gear, mountain biking equipment, or high-quality ski rental in Mammoth, visitors can find everything they need at our shop. Drop by on your way to the lakes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.