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Fishing Licenses

A valid fishing license is required for all types of fishing on state waters. To fish in Montana, most anglers need two licenses: a Conservation License and a Fishing License.

A Conservation License is needed before you can buy any fishing or hunting license that Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) issues. Conservation license applicants are required to provide their social security number in addition to the information usually requested. A valid driver's license or a valid photo ID is required to purchase a license.

A fishing license allows a person to fish for and possess any fish or aquatic invertebrate authorized by the state's fishing regulations. It is nontransferable and nonrefundable. The license enables one to fish from March 1 through the end of February of the following year.

Fishing License Applications

2019 Miscellaneous Licenses Application—mail-in application is not available for residents.

Residents must purchase the conservation license, fishing, and most general hunting licenses at an FWP office, FWP License Provider, or online.

2019 Nonresident Miscellaneous Licenses Application

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The Nonresident Miscellaneous License Application contains Nonresident Conservation, 2-day Fishing, 10-day Fishing, Season Fishing, AISPP, Upland Game Bird, Turkey, Black Bear, Bow & Arrow, Archery and Base Hunting License.

License Information

The information below will help explain fees for fishing licenses and exemptions.


Resident & Nonresident Fishing License Fees

This section of the Fishing Regulations defines the fees associated with each type of license for residents and nonresidents.

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Educational License Exemptions

Fishing license exemptions are available to qualified educational events and fishing clinics. Learn more

Special Fishing License and Permit Applications

2019 Bull Trout Permit Application

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Montana has regulated and experimental bull trout angling season. Learn more

2019 Paddlefish License

All anglers must purchase a paddlefish tag to fish for paddlefish. You can purchase tags at any FWP office or at license providers located near the waterbody you'll be fishing in. Learn more

2019 Resident Missouri River Paddlefish Application

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Deadline: March 29, 2019

2019 Nonresident Missouri River Paddlefish Application

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Deadline: March 29, 2019

Fishing Contests

Fishing Contest Application and Information

A fishing contest permit is required for any event, contest, derby, or tournament where an entry fee is charged or where people may win prizes for catching fish in Montana.

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Reference Guide: Fishing Contest Permits

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Fishing Contest Report Form

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A report form is required 30 days after contest