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Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
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Fishing WisconsinFishing licenses - get your license to relax

A walleye in the hand

Wisconsin is a great state to fish! Kids 15 and under fish free every day. So do anglers born before 1927 and active duty military on furlough or leave who are Wisconsin residents. For everybody else, a variety of license options can get you out on the water quickly, easily and at a bargain price. So get your license to relax and...Fish On, Wisconsin!

Bargain fishing and incentives

There are a number of convenient bargain licenses:

  • The first-time buyer license is available to those anglers who haven't fished Wisconsin before or want to return to fishing after some time away. Residents or nonresidents can obtain a reduced-price fishing license if they have not purchased a fishing license during the last ten years.
  • A one-day fishing license is available to those anglers that want to give Wisconsin fishing a try,
  • Resident anglers who recruit someone new to purchase a first-time buyer license can earn points toward a reduced-price license of their choice.

Resident and nonresident fishing licenses

Below is a list of resident and nonresident fishing licenses. All licenses are available for purchase through Go Wild, DNR Service Centers or at one of our sales locations unless otherwise noted.

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Resident general fishing

Resident general fishing

Type $
Fishing, Annual 20.00
Fishing. First-time buyer 5.00
Fishing 1-Day (Can be used towards upgrade to annual license for $12.75) 8.00
Fishing, Junior (16 & 17 years old) 7.00
Fishing, Senior Citizen (65 years & older) 7.00
Fishing, Spousal 31.00
Inland Trout Stamp 10.00
Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp 10.00
2-Day Great Lakes Fishing (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp) 14.00
2-Day Inland Lake Trout Fishing (includes Inland Trout Stamp) 14.00
Resident sturgeon fishing

Resident sturgeon fishing

Type $
Sturgeon Spearing Lake Winnebago (deadline to purchase October 31) 20.00
Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing (deadline to purchase October 31) 20.00
Sturgeon Hook & Line Inland 20.00
Sturgeon Hook & Line Wisconsin & Michigan 20.00
Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Application (Deadline August 1st) 3.00
Resident miscellaneous fishing

Resident miscellaneous fishing

Not available for online purchase.
Please visit one of our sales locations.

Type $
Fishing, Disabled (more information) 7.00
Fishing, Veteran/Disabled (more information) 3.00
Fishing, Armed Forces - resident in active service on furlough or leave 0.00
Nonresident fishing licenses

Nonresident fishing licenses

Type $
Fishing, Annual 50.00
Fishing, Family Annual (primary) (includes children 16 & 17 years old) Note: Family licenses do not include grandchildren 16 & 17 years old 65.00
Fishing, Family Annual (secondary) 0.00
Fishing, First-time buyer 25.75
Fishing, 1 day (can be used towards upgrade to annual license for $40.75) 10.00
Fishing, 4 day 24.00
Fishing, 15 day 28.00
Fishing, 15 day Family (includes children 16 & 17 years old) Note: Family licenses do not include grandchildren 16 & 17 years old 40.00
Military Fishing 20.00
Inland Trout Stamp 10.00
Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp 10.00
Great Lake Fishing, 2 day (includes Great Lake Salmon/Trout Stamp) 14.00
Nonresident sturgeon fishing

Nonresident sturgeon fishing

Type $
Sturgeon Spearing Lake Winnebago (deadline to purchase October 31) 65.00
Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing (deadline to purchase October 31) 65.00
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 (deadline August 1st) 3.00

Fishing Wisconsin. Fun. Easy. Give it a try!

Last revised: Thursday June 30 2016