Wisconsin’s $5 first-time buyer resident fishing license or a one-day fishing license may be just the ticket for fun for family, friends and visitors gathered for the Fourth of July holiday. The regular annual fishing license is $20 for residents. Anglers who have never purchased a fishing license – or who haven’t purchased a fishing license in 10 years – can get a discounted first-time buyer license. Lawmakers created the discounted license and both residents and nonresidents can take advantage of this opportunity. Residents’ discounted license is $5 and non-residents’ is $25.75. For those family members and friends who have fished more recently but not yet bought a license for 2018, a one-day fishing license can be a good option. The one-day fishing license costs $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. The purchase price of that one-day license can be credited toward purchase of an annual license.
People can buy fishing licenses online through the Go Wild website, or purchase in person at any authorized license agent.
Wisconsin residents and nonresidents 16 years old or older need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. Residents born before Jan. 1, 1927, do not need a license. Resident members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty may obtain a free fishing license when on furlough or leave by presenting their military ID and leave papers at any license agent.