I'm right there with you, rivergal. If you divide the cost of the licensing by the number of fish I caught last year, I think I ran somewhere between $1 - $2 per fish. Hopefully I can get that average down a good bit this year.
If I may add a piggyback question - Does the outlet that sells the new license get a cut of the proceeds like they do with lottery tickets? If so, that may alter my plans for where & when I renew.
Fly fishing - it's cheaper than a bass boat!