The easiest way to get your fishing license is to buy it online through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website. (Most anglers who plan to fish in Montana will need a conservation license and a fishing license.)

Before you go fishing, read a current copy of the Montana or Big Sky fishing regulations that apply to the district or area that you plan to fish since there are often district specific exceptions to the standard state fishing regulations.

Fishing regulations are put into place to help ensure that our fish populations remain healthy for future generations of anglers. Keep in mind that these laws will vary based on the time of year, species, area, and individual waterway. Always check for changes or updates to fishing regulations in advance of your trip to be sure you are abiding by the state laws.

Montana Boat Registration and Boating Laws

Once you have purchased a new boat, you will need to pay registration fees and acquire a certificate of ownership and your Montana boat registration paperwork. Boat registration fees help fund important initiatives such as the maintenance of marinas and waterway cleanup efforts.

While you are not required to have a Montana boat license, keep in mind that a boater education card or operator’s certificate may be required. As a recreational boat operator, you are responsible for knowing all of the boating laws and regulations that apply. In addition to state boating laws, there may also be local and federal regulations in effect.

If you have questions about the laws that pertain to the waterway you plan to use, contact the county sheriff’s office or federal agency in that area. The best way to educate yourself on the laws and become a responsible boater is to take a boating safety course before you take your first trip.