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License Items & Fees

Fishing Regulations Michigan Freshwater Fishing

As of March 1, 2014, the price and structure of fishing licenses have changed. The current structure creates a simpler, more fair and efficient license buying process. All fishing licenses are “all species” licenses. There is no longer a restricted license type. A $1 surcharge is added to the combination hunt and fish licenses, resident annual, nonresident annual, and resident senior annual all-species fishing licenses, as noted with the asterisk (*). Revenue generated from these funds will be used to educate the public on the benefits of hunting, fishing and trapping in Michigan, and the impact of these activities on the conservation, preservation and management of the state’s natural resources in accordance with statute. Learn more at michigan.gov/dnr.

License Items & Fees

Purchase your fishing license (and more) online at michigan.gov/dnr

Item #

Item Type

Cost

DNR Sportcard

$1.00

All-species Fishing Licenses

200

Resident Annual

$26.00*

201

Nonresident Annual

$76.00*

202

Senior Annual (Residents 65 or older or Residents who are legally blind – see License Requirements)

$11.00*

203

24-hour (Resident or Nonresident)

$10.00

204

72-hour (Resident or Nonresident)

$30.00

Permit or Tag (Unavailable online or with web app)

205

Muskellunge Harvest Tag (License Required, see Common Terms)

FREE

206

Sturgeon Fishing Permit and Harvest Tag (License Required, see Common Terms)

FREE

Combo Hunt/Fish Licenses (Base, Annual Fishing, 2 Deer)

115

Hunt/Fish Resident

$76.00*

116

Hunt/Fish Nonresident

$266.00*

Lost Licenses

Lost your license? Visit michigan.gov/fishing for instructions on how to replace.

Fishing license fees are waived for Michigan residents who are veterans with 100% disability or active-duty military (see License Requirements).

Who needs a Michigan fishing license?
You must purchase a fishing license if you are 17 years of age or older to fish. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. Please note, a license is required when targeting fish, amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles.

Where does the fishing license revenue go?
For information concerning where fishing license funds are used please see General Information.

Where can you purchase a Michigan fishing license?
• DNR License Agents (www.michigan.gov/dnr/
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)

• DNR Customer Service Centers

• Online (www.mdnr-elicense.com)

Any adult actively assisting a minor who does not have a license must have a fishing license.