Missouri Fishing License

Find information on license types, fees, exemptions, and how to purchase your license online or from vendors. Get updates on regulation changes and learn tips for complying with all fishing rules to ensure an enjoyable and legal angling experience in Missouri’s world-class fishing destinations.

Fishings License in Missouri

How Much Is a Fishing License in Missouri?

Discover the ultimate guide to Missouri fishing licenses for 2024. Explore costs, regulations, and insider tips to make the most of your angling adventures in the Show-Me State.

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How to Get a Missouri Fishing License in 2024: The Ultimate Guide

As an avid angler, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of casting your line into the bountiful waters of Missouri. However, before you can embark on your fishing adventure, you’ll need to obtain a valid Missouri fishing license. In this


No, anglers 15 years old and younger are not required to purchase a fishing license in Missouri, regardless of residency. However, they are limited to certain fishing methods like pole and line, gig, bow, crossbow, snaring, grabbing, and snagging.

A resident annual fishing license in Missouri costs $12, while a non-resident annual license is $42. Daily fishing permits are available for both residents and non-residents at a cost of $7 per day.

You can buy a Missouri fishing license online through the MDC website, by downloading the MO Fishing app, over the counter from permit vendors across the state, or by calling 800-392-4115.

Yes, in addition to a fishing license, anglers 16 and older must purchase a $7 trout permit to possess trout in Missouri. A $3.50 trout permit is required for anglers 15 and younger.

Missouri residents 65 and older, and resident landowners and their immediate households fishing on their own property are exempt from needing a fishing license. Some exemptions exist for residents with visual or physical disabilities as well.

Reciprocal fishing privileges exist with some bordering states like Arkansas, but anglers should check current regulations. In most cases, a non-resident Missouri fishing license is required for out-of-state anglers to fish in Missouri waters.

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