Any persons over the age of eleven, whether resident or non-resident, is required to possess a valid Montana fishing license to fish in Montana state waters. Additionally, all anglers are required to purchase a conservation license and an angler aquatic invasive species prevention pass.
Purple Heart recipients, patients of Veteran Administration hospitals, and participants of approved educational events can obtain free Montana fishing licenses with the proper documentation presented to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department.
In this article, you will learn where you can purchase an MT fishing license, the cost of MT fishing licenses for both residents and non-residents, and the age requirements for an MT fishing license.
Montana Fishing License Online
Any angler looking to purchase a Montana fishing license can create an account with the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks website. Montana fishing licenses can be purchased and printed from the online licensing system at any time.
Montana Fishing License 2021
The prices for the 2021 fishing season for Montana resident fishing licenses are listed below.
|License Type||Resident Price|
|Two Day Base Fishing||$5|
|Annual Base Fishing (ages 12 to 17 and 62+)||$10.50|
|Annual Base Fishing (ages 18 to 61)||$21|
|Conservation (ages 12 to 17 and 62+)||$4|
|Conservation (ages 18 to 61)||$8|
|Angler Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass||$2|
To purchase a resident fishing license, you must provide proof of residence such as a valid MT driver’s license.
Individuals are considered residents of the state if they have lived in the state for at least six months, file Montana state income tax has their vehicles registered to the state of Montana, is registered to vote in Montana, and does not hold another state’s resident fishing license.
Montana residents who are permanently disabled qualify for reduced rate fishing licenses provided proper documentation and proof of disability is presented to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Lifetime fishing licenses for blind residents of Montana are also available at a reduced rate of $10.
Montana Non-Resident Fishing License
Prices for the 2021 Montana fishing licenses for all anglers considered non-residents of the state of Montana are listed below.
|License Type||Non-Resident Price|
|Two Day Base Fishing||$25|
|Ten Day Base Fishing||$56|
|Annual Base Fishing||$86|
|Angler Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass||$7.50|
Montana Fishing License Age
Any angler over the age of eleven who fishes within state waters must possess a valid MT fishing license. Residents of Montana who are younger than eighteen and older than sixty-one years of age qualify for reduced rate base fishing and conservation licenses.
Where Can I Buy a Montana Fishing License?
Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase by phone or online from the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department. You can also visit one of their offices or a valid licensing agent in-person to purchase a fishing license. Licensing agents include most sporting goods stores and some grocery, general, and convenience stores.