Getting a Fishing License to Keep it Legal

It’s that time of year to start thinking about getting a fishing license. I know you are excited about getting out there and catching some big fish. But let’s take care of the legal part of it. Every state in the United States requires you to have a fishing license. Getting a fishing license is easy and affordable so there is no reason to take a chance on getting busted by the Fish and Gaming authorities.

Getting a Fishing License Requirements


Different states have different requirements for fishing licenses. The fishing rules and regulations can vary too so be sure to know what you can and cannot do. Always check it out before going fishing in a new state.

Conservation Licenses before getting your Fishing License

Some states, like Montana, require you to first get a Conservation License. Let’s use Montana as an example. When you apply for the Conservation license you must provide to them your social security number along with the normal information requested. You must also provide them with a valid photo ID, like a driver’s license or state ID.

Getting a fishing license in Montana means that you are allowed to fish for or have in your possession any fish that is authorized by Montana fishing regulations. You cannot transfer it and you can also not get a refund. The licenses are for the time period from March 1st through the end of February the following year.

Resident and Non-Resident Fishing Licenses

As I mentioned earlier in this post requirements do vary from state to state and this is no different for the type of license you need to get. There are non-resident and resident licenses. Check your own state’s requirements. For a resident license you must have lived in the state for a certain amount of time, such as six months.

Getting a Fishing License for Kids

Again, check you state’s requirements but the old and the young can obtain a fishing license. Some states make getting a fishing license for kids under a certain age free. Fees vary per state for fees for adults and kids. It usually is not a large amount so getting a fishing license does not have to break the bank.

Now that your paper work is in order all you have to do is grab your fishing gear and get out there and start fishing!