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Get a Montana Fishing License

Buy your Montana fishing license online and then take the family to catch rainbow trout or bass at a place like Wadsworth Park in Great Falls. Before you go, read a current copy of the Montana or Big Sky fishing regulations that apply to the district or area that you plan to fish since there are often district specific exceptions to the standard state fishing regulations.

Get a Montana Fishing License
Fishing License


Fishing regulations are put into place to help ensure that our fish populations remain healthy for future generations of anglers. Keep in mind that these laws will vary based on the time of year, species, area, and individual waterway. Always check for changes or updates to the Big Sky fishing regulations in advance of your trip to be sure you are abiding by the state laws.


Fishing license or permit fees help contribute to fishery management, habitat protection, conservation education and other valuable state programs. Whether you are fishing the pristine mountain streams or winding rivers of Montana, you can do your part to assist with conservation by having a. Always discard used fishing line, lures or any other litter in a trash can or proper recycling container. Make an effort to leave your fishing spot better than you found it.


  • In Montana you can purchase your fishing license online, at a Fish, Wildlife & Parks office, or through an authorized license provider. A license is required for persons age 15 and older.
  • Fishing licenses are issued every month of the year and are effective from March 1 to the end of February of the following year.
  • The state offers 2-day, 10-day or seasonal fishing licenses. You must have your fishing license in your possession at all times while fishing.