Walleye might be Minnesota’s most popular fish, but the state’s waters also are renowned for trophy catfish, muskellunge, and smallmouth bass. All of the state’s large rivers are home to lake sturgeon, which can weigh as much as 100 pounds. In southeastern Minnesota, trout rise to flies in the region’s cold, clear spring creeks. Along the North Shore, large migratory rainbow trout known as steelhead provide thrills.
“Whether you are after the fish of a lifetime or some bluegills for the frying pan, when you buy a license you are helping fund work that sustains Minnesota’s unique fisheries,” said Jenifer Wical, the DNR’s Fish and Wildlife marketing coordinator. “When you share your passion by taking someone else fishing, you are helping sustain the future of great fishing in Minnesota.”
There are adult individual angling licenses and licenses for married couples. Anglers can buy licenses for 24-hour, 72-hour, and three-year time periods. Lifetime licenses can keep someone fishing long into the future, and come at great prices, especially for children 3 and under and those ages 51 and older. Lifetime licenses also can be given as gifts.
Youth ages 16 and 17 can buy an annual license for $5. Minnesotans 15 and under are not required to buy a license to fish but must comply with fishing regulations. All nonresidents need a license, except those age 15 and younger do not need one if a parent or guardian is licensed.
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