New Fishing License Required April 1

Posted at 10:31 AM, Mar 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 10:31:03-04
via flickr/Watson Lake

via flickr/Watson Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Department of Natural Resources wants to remind anglers that a new fishing license season begins Monday, April 1. All 2012 fishing licenses expire on March 31, 2013.

Anglers have a choice of a variety of licenses and prices are unchanged from 2012. Fishing license options include:

  • 24-hour license (good for all species)
  • 72-hour license (good for all species)
  • Restricted license (good for the entire season for all species except trout, salmon, lake sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles or crustaceans)
  • All-species license (good for the entire season for all species)

Visit the online version of the 2013 Fishing Guide for license fee details.

There are three simple ways to purchase a fishing license in Michigan:1. Visit a local license retailer or DNR Operations Service Center and make a purchase in person.
2. Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit to get started.
3. Visit the Mobile Fish website on your smartphone at to buy a 24-hour all-species fishing license. All that’s needed is the purchaser’s driver’s license number and a credit or debit card.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit