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License Type Resident Prices Non-Resident Prices
1-Day $10.00 $10.00
3-Day $30.00 $30.00
Annual $26.00 $76.00

Michigan has a wonderful variety of fish and fishing locations for anglers curious to try their hand in the state.

Michigan starts imposing licensing regulations on anglers once they reach 17 years of age. Seniors, disabled individuals, and a few other groups are offered the same discounted rate on their fishing licenses.

Michigan is also rather visitor friendly. While their annual fishing licenses are more expensive for non-resident anglers, their single- and three-day licenses are the same price for residents and non-residents alike.

Michigan used to require permits to catch and keep sturgeon. Sturgeon are now included in the basic fishing license. However, if you catch a sturgeon you are required to report that to the state Department of Natural Resources within 24 hours of making the catch.

Non-residents are required to add an additional $1 sportscard on all Michigan licenses.

There are also combination licenses available for hunters and fishermen, for residents and non-residents alike.

Michigan also provides 1 winter free fishing weekend, and 1 summer free fishing weekend. Permits and licenses are not required for any anglers these weekends, but all other fishing regulations still apply. Some private and public fishing areas may also offer their own free fishing weekends but usually require registration.

Information on all the free fishing days in Michigan can be found here.

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