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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.

 

What License(s) Do I Need to Fish in Montana?
AgeLicense SpecificsConservation LicenseFishing LicenseTotal 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