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Fishing License Options in Wisconsin

Exemptions

  • Children 15 and Under: Kids aged 15 and under can fish without a license every day.
  • Anglers Born Before 1927: Individuals born before 1927 are exempt from fishing license requirements.

License Options

  • First-time Buyer License: Available for those who haven't fished in Wisconsin before or haven't had a license for at least ten years.
  • One-day Fishing License: Ideal for anglers who wish to experience Wisconsin fishing for just one day.
  • Resident Angler Rewards: Resident anglers who introduce a new angler to purchase a first-time buyer license can earn points towards a reduced-price license of their choice.
  • Military Discounts: Active-duty military on furlough or leave, who are residents of Wisconsin, and veterans can also benefit from discounted license options.

Resident Fishing License Fees in Wisconsin

General Fishing

  • Annual Fishing: $20.00
  • First-time Buyer Fishing: $5.00
  • 1-Day Fishing: $8.00 (Can be upgraded to an annual license for $12.75)
  • Junior Fishing (16 & 17 years old): $7.00
  • Senior Citizen Fishing (65 years & older): $7.00
  • Spousal Fishing: $31.00
  • Inland Trout Stamp: $10.00
  • Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp: $10.00
  • 2-Day Great Lakes Fishing: $14.00 (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp)
  • 2-Day Inland Lake Trout Fishing: $14.00 (includes Inland Trout Stamp)

Resident Sturgeon Fishing

  • Sturgeon Spearing Lake Winnebago: $20.00 (deadline to purchase October 31)
  • Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing: $20.00 (deadline to buy October 31)
  • Sturgeon Hook & Line Inland: $20.00
  • Sturgeon Hook & Line Wisconsin & Michigan: $20.00
  • Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Application: $3.00 (Deadline August 1)

Resident Miscellaneous Fishing

  • These licenses are not available for online purchase. Please visit one of our sales locations.
  • Fishing, Disabled: $7.00
  • Fishing, Veteran/Disabled: $3.00
  • Fishing, Armed Forces (resident in active service on furlough or leave): $0.00

Non-Resident Fishing License Fees in Wisconsin

General Fishing

  • Annual Fishing: $55.00
  • Family Annual (Primary): $70.00 (includes children 16 & 17 years old)
  • Family Annual (Secondary): $0.00
  • First-time Buyer Fishing: $25.75
  • 1-Day Fishing: $15.00 (can be upgraded to an annual license for $40.75)
  • 4-Day Fishing: $29.00
  • 15-Day Fishing: $33.00
  • 15-Day Family Fishing: $45.00 (includes children 16 & 17 years old)
  • Military Fishing: $20.00 (not available for online purchase)
  • Student Fishing: $20.00 (available to full-time non-resident students in residence at any Wisconsin public or private college or university offering a degree, not available for online purchase)
  • Inland Trout Stamp: $10.00
  • Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp: $10.00
  • 2-Day Great Lakes Fishing: $14.00 (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp)

Non-Resident Sturgeon Fishing

  • Sturgeon Spearing Lake Winnebago: $65.00 (deadline to purchase October 31)
  • Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing: $65.00 (deadline to buy October 31)
  • Sturgeon Hook & Line Inland: $50.00
  • Sturgeon Hook & Line Wisconsin/Michigan: $50.00
  • Military Inland Sturgeon Hook & Line: $20.00
  • Military WI/MI Sturgeon Hook & Line: $20.00
  • Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Application: $3.00 (deadline August 1)
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