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Free Fishing License Exemptions

Boy fishing on Flathead Lake photo.

Boy fishing on Flathead Lake

Free fishing license exemptions are available to qualified educational events and fishing clinics.

In general, the event must be educational in nature, and instruct participants on fish id, regulations, ethics, fishing techniques, and water safety. It must be held at times and locations that do not substantially conflict with other recreationalists, must be taught under the guidance of an FWP employee or certified fishing instructor, and must not be part of a profit making activity.

Typically, a minimum 2 week advance notice is required for an educational exemption.

For information on these educational exemptions, call (406) 444-9943.