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Available Fishing Licenses & Permits

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, see table below. You must have your fishing license in your possession while fishing. Detailed information can be found in the Fishing Regulations.

Which License(s) Do I Need to Fish in Montana?

Age License Specifics Conservation License Fishing License Total Cost

1-11

Resident
No license required. Must observe all limits and regulations.

Conservation License
N/A

Fishing License
N/A

Total Cost
N/A

Nonresident
No license required IF accompanied by an adult who holds a valid Montana fishing license. The combined daily and possession limit for the two (or more) anglers cannot exceed the legal limit for one licensed angler. To catch & keep his or her own legal limit, the youth must purchase a fishing license. See nonresident licenses 15-62+ years of age.

Conservation License
N/A

Fishing License
N/A

Total Cost
N/A

12-14

Resident
Conservation License only. (Fishing License included at no charge.)

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $0

Total Cost $8

Nonresident
No license required IF accompanied by an adult who holds a valid Montana fishing license. The combined daily and possession limit for the two (or more) anglers cannot exceed the legal limit for one licensed angler. To catch & keep his or her own legal limit, the youth must purchase a fishing license. See nonresident licenses 15-62+ years of age.

Conservation License
N/A

Fishing License
N/A

Total Cost
N/A

2-day Fishing License

15-61

Resident
Conservation License + 2 Consecutive Calendar Days Fishing License

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $5

Total Cost $13

Nonresident
Conservation License + 2 Consecutive Calendar Days Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $15

Total Cost $25

62+

Resident
Conservation License only. (Fishing License included at no charge.)

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $0

Total Cost $8

Nonresident
Conservation License + 2 Consecutive Calendar Days Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $15

Total Cost $25

10-day Fishing License

15-61

Resident

Not Available

Nonresident
Conservation License + 10 Consecutive Calendar Days Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $43.50

Total Cost $53.50

62+

Resident
Conservation License only. (Fishing License included at no charge.)

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $0

Total Cost $8

Nonresident
Conservation License + 10 Consecutive Calendar Days Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $43.50

Total Cost $53.50

Season Fishing License

15-17

Resident
Conservation License + Season Youth Fishing License

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $8

Total Cost $16

Nonresident
Conservation License + Season Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $60

Total Cost $70

15-61

Resident
Conservation License + Fishing

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $18

Total Cost $26

Resident Sportsman and Youth Sportsman (12-17 years) licenses also include a Season Fishing License.

Conservation License $8

Fishing License varies

Total Cost varies

Nonresident
Conservation License + Season Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $60

Total Cost $70

62+

Resident
Conservation License only. (Fishing License included at no charge.)

Conservation License $8

Fishing License $0

Total Cost $8

Nonresident
Conservation License + Season Fishing License

Conservation License $10

Fishing License $60

Total Cost $70

Paddlefish Tag

 

Resident

See above for Conservation and Fishing License costs.

Total Cost
$6.50

Nonresident

See above for Conservation and Fishing License costs.

Total Cost
15

Montana Resident with Disability

 

Resident
Must be permanently and substantially disabled, and certified by FWP. Application and licenses available at FWP offices and online.

Conservation License only. (Fishing License included at no charge.)

Total Cost
$8

Nonresident

Not available

Lifetime Fishing for the Blind

 

Resident

Contact the HQ & Regional offices for information and an application.

Total Cost
$10

Nonresident

Not available