Wisconsin Fishing License

Explore all the information you need about obtaining a Wisconsin fishing license. This category covers license types, fees, requirements, and regulations for freshwater and saltwater fishing in Wisconsin. Find guides on where to purchase licenses, season dates, creel limits, and more for enjoying the great angling opportunities across the state’s lakes, rivers, and coastline.


Wisconsin offers several fishing license options, including annual resident and non-resident licenses, short-term licenses (1-day, 4-day, 15-day), family licenses, and special licenses for seniors, disabled individuals, and active military members.

Yes, in addition to a regular fishing license, anglers need an Inland Trout Stamp to fish for trout in inland waters and a Great Lakes Salmon/Trout Stamp to fish for salmon or trout in Lake Michigan or Lake Superior.

You can buy a Wisconsin fishing license online through the Go Wild system, at any DNR Service Center, or from authorized license agents such as sporting goods stores, bait shops, and hardware stores.

Yes, non-residents can purchase various types of Wisconsin fishing licenses, including annual, short-term (1-day, 4-day, 15-day), and family licenses. Non-resident license fees are higher than resident fees.

Wisconsin residents and non-residents aged 16 and older need a valid fishing license to fish in state waters. Children under 16 can fish without a license but must follow the same regulations as licensed anglers.

Anglers should familiarize themselves with the Wisconsin fishing regulations guide, which covers daily bag limits, size restrictions, season dates, and specific rules for certain water bodies. Some species, like trout and salmon, have additional stamp requirements.

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