Costs for fishing: the gear and the license.
Minimalist gear: Some line, a stick, a weight, a hook and a float. I toss the stick when I move on and store the line and gear in a can. I have an old mesh bag that I can rig as a net with the stick. Easy peasy and cost of less than $2.
As a resident of Colorado and of a certain age my fishing license would cost $1.
Cost for 1 year Oregon non resident : $97.50/yr. That does not include shell fish (+$26.00) or Steelhead/Salmon (+$25) or Columbia River Basin (+$9.75) fishing. Once winter comes I won’t be there, so a year license is good for only a few months.
Cost for 1 year Idaho non resident: $98.25/yr. Not there in winter.
Cost for 1 year Montana non resident: $96/yr. Same winter problem.
Cost for 1 year Wyoming non resident: $92.00/yr. Same winter problem.
Cost for 1 year Washington non resident: Non-residents aged 16 to 69 pay : freshwater is $48 and saltwater: is $43.80. A shellfish/seaweed gathering license is $27.60 but a razor clam specific license is $15.60. Fishing and gathering shellfish combined costs $89.40 a year. However next year I will qualify as a senior citizen and will have
reduced fees. Nope. Read the rules again. Found this applies only to Oregon residents. Freshwater will be $6, saltwater will be $6.60. A shellfish/seaweed gathering license is $9.60. I know where I will be next spring and summer and fall. If I wish to fish.
The cost of the licenses are geared to sport fishing, not someone who wants to eat.
How many fish could I eat to make it a good thing to fish? So far I am saving $20-$30/month on the $514/ month budget without fishing. If I do not move I can save over $100 a month. And anglers keep giving me fish if I stay put long enough!
So who needs a fishing license or fishing gear?