How to Get a Montana Fishing License

Fishing Licenses How to Get a Montana Fishing License

How to Get a Montana Fishing License In Minutes

Montana's abundantly clear, cold water lakes make it one of the most attractive fishing locations in the country.  Montana is also home to several of the most scenic rivers, including the Yellowstone, Boulder, Bighorn, and Missouri, teeming with various species of trout and bass.

But before you grab your rod and reel and run to the nearest freshwater hotspot, you must first obtain a base fishing license. This license authorizes you to fish and possess freshwater aquatic species authorized by the state of Montana fishing regulations.

A Montana fishing license can be purchased through the state's Online Licenses Service or in-person at a Fish, Wildlife, and Parks  (FWP) office or License Provider location. However, DoNotPay simplifies the process for obtaining a Montana fishing license online with just a few steps.

Why Do You Need A Montana Fishing License?

The State of Montana requires a valid fishing license along with a conservation license and Angler Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass (AISPP) to help prevent overfishing and protect the state's many freshwater fish species. Licensed state and wildlife officials identify poachers through spot checks for valid licenses.

Failure to show the required licenses when asked by FWP officials can result in hefty fines. 

What Are The Montana Fishing License Residency Requirements?

The following licenses and passes are required for anglers 12 years of age and older: 

  • Base fishing license: This license is required for fishing in all state waters.
  • Conservation license: The conservation license is a prerequisite to purchasing a Montana fishing license.
  • AISPP prevention pass: This pass is required with the purchase of a fishing license. Funds go to fighting aquatic invasive species in the state.

What Are The Montana Fishing License Types And Costs Of Each?

The following is a breakdown of costs for the required licenses:

Base Fishing License

Full Season Fishing license (from March 1 through the end of February of the following year).

Resident Cost$21
Youth 10-17 Resident Cost$10.50
Senior 62+ Resident Cost$10.50
Nonresident Cost$86

Short-Term License for 2 Consecutive Calendar Days

Resident Cost$5
Youth 10-17 Resident Cost$5
Senior 62+ Resident Cost$5
Nonresident Cost$25

Short-Term License for 10 Consecutive Calendar Days

Nonresident Cost$56

Conservation License

Resident Cost$8
Youth 10-17 Resident Cost$4
Senior 62+ Resident Cost$4
Nonresident Cost$10

Angler Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass (AISPP)

Resident Cost$2
Nonresident Cost$7.50

Special Licenses

FWP also issues special licenses to the following individuals:

Montana residents with disabilities:

  • Conservation license - $8.00
  • AIS Prevention Pass - $2.00
  • Fishing license - $10.50

Resident lifetime fishing license for the blind:

  • Montana residents who are blind - $10.00

Veterans Administration Patients

  • Free permits are available for patients who reside at VA hospitals and state institutions.

Legion of Valor

  • With a Legion of Valor membership card, residents and non-residents receive a free Conservation License.

Care facilities

  • Managers and directors of eligible licensed care facilities in the state of Montana may apply for permission to take residents on supervised fishing trips.

Education exemptions

  • Qualified educational events and fishing clinics can be granted free licenses for specific dates and locations.

Purpleheart recipients 

  • Residents who are awarded the Purple Heart, regardless of age, may fish with a free Conservation License.

What Are The Montana Fishing License Residency Requirements?

To be considered a Montana resident and be eligible for the reduced fishing license fees, the following requirements apply:

  • Your primary home is in the State of Montana.
  • You file your Montana state income tax as a resident.
  • You license and title your vehicles in Montana.
  • You do not possess or exercise other hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses from other states.
  • You are only registered to vote in the State of Montana.

How To Obtain A Montana Fishing License On Your Own

There are three ways you can obtain a Montana fishing license.

  1. In-person from an FWP License Provider. The map for locations can be found here.
  2. In-person at one of Montana's Fish, Wildlife, and Parks regional offices.
  3. Through Montana's Online Licenses Service

While applying for a Montana fishing license online is conveniently done on any computer or device, this method includes a series of eight lengthy steps, some of which require additional actions.

Obtain A Montana Fishing License Online The Easy Way With DoNotPay

DoNotPay features a faster and much easier online system to obtain a Montana fishing license in three easy steps: 

  1. Search "fishing license" on DoNotPay and select the state you would like a fishing license for. 
  2. Indicate whether you are a resident or non-resident, and choose the type of license you want. For example, saltwater vs. freshwater license, three-day only pass, and more. 
  3. Provide your contact information, a copy of your government-issued ID, and pay the fee required by the state. 

Upon completing the above steps, DoNotPay will obtain a Montana fishing license on your behalf to download. Simply print the Montana temporary fishing license and use it until you receive the permanent physical copy in the mail.

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