A recreational fishing license in Wyoming is a permit required for almost anyone who wants to go sport fishing in the state. The sport fishing license is offered by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and can be purchased at different rates, depending on your age and residency status. Without a freshwater fishing license, most people are not allowed to participate in sport fishing in Wyoming waters.

In order to make a profit from selling fish or bait to anglers or merchants for resale, you will need the proper license. A commercial fishing license allows you to sell fish or bait in WY. Commercial fishing permits can also be purchased through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

 Who needs a fishing license in Wyoming?

You need a recreational fishing license in WY if you are 14 years of age or older and want to fish in state waters. Freshwater fishing permits are required for both residents and nonresidents. However, you do not need a freshwater permit if:

  • You are younger than 14 years old and are a resident of WY.
  • You are younger than 14 years old, are not a resident of WY and are accompanying an adult with a valid Wyoming fishing license.

Wyoming Fishing License Requirements

In order to purchase a resident freshwater fishing license, you need to qualify as a Wyoming resident. Resident fishing license requirements state that you must have lived in WY for at least one year immediately before applying and must not have claimed residency in any other state. To obtain a lifetime fishing license in Wyoming, you must have lived in Wyoming continuously for 10 years immediately before applying.

Most game fishing license holders must also purchase a conservation stamp along with their license in order to fish in the licensed year.

Types of Fishing Licenses in Wyoming

The Wyoming freshwater fishing license comes in a few different varieties, these include:

Resident

  • Recreational fishing license
  • Youth recreational fishing license (ages 14-18)
  • Lifetime fishing license
  • Conservation stamp

Nonresident

  • Recreational fishing license
  • Youth recreational fishing license (ages 14-18)
  • Short-term fishing license
  • Conservation stamp

Additionally, the following commercial fishing permits are available:

  • License to Deal in Live Bait
  • Commercial fish hatchery

What types of fish can I catch with fishing licenses in Wyoming?

A sport fish license allows you to catch a variety of game fish in Wyoming, including the following:

  • Trout (brown, cutthroat, grayling, golden, rainbow, salmon, splake, tiger)
  • Brook trout
  • Burbot
  • Sauger
  • Shovelnose sturgeon
  • Tiger muskie
  • Lake trout
  • Channel catfish
  • Walleye
  • Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow perch
  • Black bullhead
  • Stonecat
  • Crappie
  • Rock bass
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Green sunfish
  • Freshwater drum

 

 

Note: A game fishing license only allows you to take a given number and size for each species per day.

 

What types of fish require special fishing permits or tags in Wyoming?

You will need a special freshwater fishing license in WY in order to seine or trap live fish ($21) or to deal in live bait ($69).

How long is a fishing license valid in Wyoming?

Resident freshwater fishing license lengths are usually one year. However, residents can purchase a game and fish fishing license for a single day as well, or even for an entire lifetime. Nonresidents can purchase licenses for one day, five days or one year.

How much does a Wyoming fishing license cost?

The resident and commercial fishing license price of Wyoming permits varies. You can find a freshwater fishing permit cost chart below:

Resident

  • Recreational fishing license : $6 (one day); $27 (annual); $311 (lifetime)
  • Youth recreational fishing license (ages 14-18):  $3
  • Conservation stamp: $12.50
  • Lifetime fishing license and conservation stamp:  $496.50

Nonresident

  • Recreational fishing license: $14 (one day); $56 (five days); $102 (annual)
  • Youth recreational fishing license (ages 14-18): $15
  • Conservation stamp: $12.50

Commercial

  • License to Deal in Live Bait: $69
  • Commercial fish hatchery: $187

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Are fishing license discounts available in Wyoming?

Freshwater fishing license discounts in WY are available for youths between the ages of 14 and 18. You can also get a free fishing license (called a “Pioneer Game Bird, Small Game and Fishing license”) if you are 65 years old or more and have lived in Wyoming for at least 30 years immediately before applying. As long as you continue to live in Wyoming, the Pioneer license will remain valid.

Where can I get a fishing license in Wyoming?

You can purchase a sport fishing license online or at any of Wyoming’s approved license selling agents.

How can I replace my Wyoming fishing license?

In order to replace your game fishing license, you will need to visit the Game and Fish Department’s headquarters in Cheyenne, one of the Department’s regional offices or any approved license selling agent and pay a $5 fee for a duplicate. You can also reprint your recreational fish license online for free. If you have lost a lifetime fishing license, you will need to visit the Cheyenne headquarters to replace it.

Alternatively, you can call and request a duplicate affidavit, which will be mailed to you. Sign and return the affidavit, along with a $5 money order, to receive your duplicate fishing license.