Anglers have five options to choose from when making their purchases. All fishing licenses are good for all species.
Resident Annual – $26
Non-Resident Annual – $68
Senior Annual (for residents age 65 or older) – $11
24-Hour (resident or non-resident) – $10
72-Hour (resident or non-resident) – $30
Residents and non-residents also can purchase the Hunt/Fish combo license for $76 and $266, respectively, that consists of a base license, annual fishing license and two deer tags. A base license is not required when just purchasing a fishing license. There is also a Hunt/Fish combo license available to senior residents for $43.
Michigan’s fishing licenses bring revenue into the state that is invested into the state’s fisheries in several ways, including providing greater access to world-class fishing opportunities, improving fisheries habitat in inland lakes and streams, and increasing the health and quantity of fish stocked in the state. The DNR Fisheries Division depends primarily on angler dollars (through license sales and federal excise tax dollars for fishing tackle) to manage the state’s fisheries. Buying a fishing license, even if you do not plan to fish, can make a big difference to the future health of Michigan’s prized freshwaters.
There are two simple ways to purchase a fishing license in Michigan:
1. Visit a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center and make a purchase in person.
2. Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit www.mdnr-elicense.com on a computer, smartphone or tablet to get started.
For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit michigan.gov/fishing.