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Fishing Licenses & Regulations

Fishing licenses and regulations for Michigan, Ohio, New York and other states are easy to get online. Most states let you start fishing immediately. You may need your driver license number, credit card, and social security number depending on the state or province. Did you know that non-resident kids under 16 can keep their own limit of fish in Ohio without purchasing a license?

Fishing License Websites

DNR fishing license website links by state. Information for purchasing your Ontario fishing license are at the bottom of the page.

Fishing Regulations Websites

DNR fishing regulation website links by state. Printable PDF guides and downloadable information are available from most states.

Ontario Fishing License Options

You are required to have an Ontario fishing license if you plan to fish Canadian waters of the Detroit River, Lake Erie, or Lake St. Clair. Here are the purchase options available to get your license.

  • Ontario Fishing License Online - Non-residents are now allowed to purchase their fishing license online. Learn about purchasing your non-resident license online from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
  • Ontario Fishing License by Agent - You can get your Ontario fishing license from an approved license agent. View a list of licensed agents on the OMNR website or call 800-667-1940. Note: Non-residents can no longer purchase their license over the phone from the OMNR.