Licenses are valid for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 of the following year. An angler must possess a valid fishing license for the respective season.
Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older need fishing licenses. Residents under age 16 may take and possess a limit of fish without a fishing license. Any nonresident under age 16 may take and possess a limit of fish without a nonresident fishing license if accompanied by an individual possessing a valid fishing license.
North Dakota residents who are on leave from active duty with the United States military can fish without a license. Contact the Department for details.
Nonresident full-time students living in North Dakota, who are attending a state or tribal college, or a private institution of higher education, may qualify for purchasing resident fishing licenses. Contact the Department for details.
Some licenses are in the form of stamps. Stamps must be pasted to a Fishing, Hunting and Furbearer certificate and must also be signed.
The fishing license must be in the possession of the licensee at all times while fishing.
Free Fishing Days - Residents of North Dakota may fish (except for paddlefish) without a resident fishing license on two designated days each year.
Note: All paddlefish snaggers must possess a paddlefish tag in addition to a valid fishing license and certificates that may be required.