Wholesale Fish, Retail, Catcher and Wholesale Minnow Licenses

The application for ALL of the following licenses is the same. On the application, you must check the box(es) for the license(s) you are applying for. You can submit one form for all requested licenses. Be sure to send in the correct fees for each license you are applying for.

Application for Miscellaneous Licenses and Permits

Beginning in 2019: Resident and Non-resident charter boat captains who purchase minnows, wigglers or crayfish from a person licensed in Michigan to commercially sell minnows, wigglers or crayfish are no longer required to have a retail minnow dealers license in order to then provide that purchased live bait to their paying customers as part of a fishing excursion.

Resident charter boat operators and resident fishing guides who:

  • Take minnows from Michigan waters and provide them for use by clients would require both a minnow catcher license and a retail minnow license.*
  • Take minnows from Michigan waters and sell them to other charter boat operators for use by clients would require a minnow catcher’s license and a resident wholesale minnow license.

Non-resident charter boat operators and fishing guides:

  • Non-residents are not allowed to take minnows for commercial purposes from any of the waters of Michigan and would be ineligible to secure a minnow catcher’s license.

Wholesale fish dealers:

Non-residents are not allowed to take minnows for commercial purposes from any of the waters of Michigan and would be ineligible to secure a minnow catcher’s license.

*These rules apply whether the minnows are provided for free or included as a part of the charter/guide fee package.