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  • Writer's pictureBoone Caughey

Do I Need A Minnesota Fishing License?

This is one of the most common questions I receive. Luckily, the answer is pretty straightforward. Unless you're a MN resident age 15 or younger, you need a license to fish with me.

Minnesota Residents

MN residents aged 16 or older must purchase a fishing license before they can legally fish. There are a few exceptions, the most common being: if you're fishing in a state park, you generally don't need a license.

You must meet specific criteria to qualify for a MN resident fishing license:

  • Have established a legal residence in Minnesota for at least the past 60 consecutive days.

  • If 21 or older, possess a current Minnesota driver’s license, state-issued identification card, or have a receipt for an application for a driver’s license or state ID that is at least 60 days old.

  • Be at least 16 years of age.


All non-residents, regardless of age, must have a license to fish in Minnesota. You can purchase an annual license, but most non-residents I talk to want something shorter and less expensive. Thankfully Minnesota provides multiple options for this including 1, 3, 7, and 14-day licenses. Click here to visit the MN DNR fishing lincense webpage.

Where To Buy A License

Many local stores and bait shops sell fishing licenses, and I always encourage clients to buy in-person to support these local businesses. However, you can also buy a fishing license online or by phone (1-888-665-4236 (1-MN-LICENSE) and it's nice to that convenience.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message and I'll do my best to help you out. Best of luck this season!

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