California anglers can soon purchase a 365-day fishing licenses for 2023, as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will kick off sales on Nov. 15 — months sooner than initially anticipated.

“I applaud the staff that worked tirelessly to bring this benefit to California’s anglers who have been asking for the 365-day license for a very long time,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham in a statement.

Some California anglers have previously expressed frustration with licenses only being valid for a calendar year, rather than a full 365 days after purchase. CDFW said the validity policy was resulting in fewer license sales.

Thanks to the passing of 2021 Assembly Bill 817, California fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from purchase, rather than for a calendar year.

“This license will encourage more Californians to fish and increase fishing license revenue which funds critical state fishing and conservation programs,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, who authored the legislation. “Making fishing more accessible really supports communities that rely on outdoor recreation and tourism, like my northern California district.”

Anglers interesting in purchasing their license can visit CDFW’s internet sales webpage.