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. Any adult actively assisting a minor who does not have a license must have a fishing license. Please note, a license is required when targeting fish, amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles.
Michigan's annual fishing license is valid from March 1 of a given year through March 31 of the following year.
DNR Sportcard $1.00
All-species Fishing Licenses
- Resident Annual $26.00*
- Nonresident Annual $76.00*
- Senior Annual (Residents 65 or older or Residents who are legally blind – see p. 6) $11.00*
- 24-hour (Resident or Nonresident) $10.00
- 72-hour (Resident or Nonresident) $30.00
Permit or Tag (Unavailable online or with web app)
- Muskellunge Harvest Tag (License Required, see p. 9) FREE
- Sturgeon Fishing Permit and Harvest Tag (License Required, see p. 8) FREE
Combo Hunt/Fish Licenses (Base, Annual Fishing, 2 Deer)
- Hunt/Fish Resident $76.00*
- Hunt/Fish Nonresident $266.00*
* Items include a $1 surcharge. 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.
For Michigan residents who are veterans with 100-percent disability or full-time active-duty military, fees are waived for hunting and fishing licenses not obtained through a lottery. Military personnel discount (active-duty status):
- U.S. military members who are currently full-time federal active-duty status.
- Qualifying customers must provide proof of military status at the time of purchase as well as while afield and be able to present proof upon request by a conservation officer, a tribal officer, or any other law enforcement officer. Proof of military status may include military ID, leave papers, duty papers, military orders, or other evidence verifying the applicant is a member of the military and has been called to federal active duty.
- Michigan residents who are currently in full-time federal active-duty status may obtain hunting and fishing licenses, for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.
- Non-residents who are in federal active-duty status and currently stationed in Michigan are eligible to receive resident pricing on hunting and fishing licenses.
- DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.
Department of Natural Resources