New Michigan fishing license required April 1
The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a new license season begins Sunday, April 1. Anglers have a choice of a variety of licenses and prices are unchanged from 2011. Fishing license options include:
- 24-hour license (good for all species).
- 72-hour license (good for all species).
- Season-long restricted license (good for all species except trout, salmon, lake sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles or crustaceans).
- Season-long, all-species license (good for all species). An additional (free) lake sturgeon tag is required of anglers who fish for or target lake sturgeon.
Fishing license dollars fund a variety of activities, including fish management work on Michigan's waters, habitat rehabilitation and protection, fish stocking, information distribution, education and outreach efforts to anglers and the public, and much more. Fisheries Division does not receive any general funds and depends on angler dollars, through license sales and federal excise tax dollars for fishing tackle, to manage Michigan'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 three simple ways to purchase a fishing license in Michigan:
- Visit your local license retailer or DNR Operations Service Center and make a purchase in person.
- Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit www.mdnr-elicense.com to get started.
- Visit the Mobile Fish website on your smartphone (www.mi.gov/fish) to buy a 24-hour all-species fishing license. All you need is your driver's license number and a credit or debit card.
For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.