How much does a Wyoming Fishing License Cost?

A few weekends ago I decided to take my son fishing. Thinking about what I needed to take, I knew I had the fishing gear (besides bait) but I didn’t have a fishing license.

So I started “googling” the cost of a fishing license and how to obtain one.  From there I started to look into the cost of a license, rules, and regulations.

Wyoming does require a valid fishing license for all types of fishing on its waterways.

So, how much does a Wyoming fishing license cost? Pricing is relatively cheap and straight forward.  For a resident, the cost is $6 for a day or $39.50 for an annual fishing license. If you under 14 years old you do not require a fishing license. Resident’s over 65 years old and Veterans are eligible for a free fishing license. 

Across the United States, there are many different types of licenses and regulations that vary for each state. It’s important to keep an eye out on the regulations. They do seem to change from time to time.

If you want to know more about the cost of each license, where and how you can purchase one in Wyoming keep reading below.

Cost of Fishing Licenses in Wyoming

If you under 14 years old you do not require a fishing license.  14 years and above you will need to hold a fishing license. However, the catch limit is the same as those requiring a license.

Fishing License Fees

Annual Licenses require a Conservation stamp to be purchased. For example, if you were Resident purchasing the Annual Resident Fishing License it would cost $27 + 12.50 for the Conservation Stamp, totaling $39.50

Non Resident Licenses do not require Conservation Stamp.

Proof of purchase of a valid stamp shall be in the possession of the sportsman at all times while hunting or fishing.

License Resident Non Resident
Annual Fishing license+ $27 $102
Daily Fishing license $6 $14
Youth Annual Fishing License
(between 14th & 18th birthday)
$3 $15
Nonresident Five Consecutive Day Fishing License +   $56

+Requires purchase of a Conversation Stamp

License Resident Non Resident
Lifetime Conservation Stamp $185 NA
Conservation Stamp $12.50 NA
Resident Lifetime Fishing License $311 NA
Resident Lifetime Fishing License & Conservation Stamp $496 NA
Flaming Gorge Reservoir Reciprocal
$30 NA
License to Seine or Trap Live Fish $21 NA
License to Deal in Live Bait * $69 NA

To purchase a Lifetime Fishing license you must have been a resident of Wyoming continuously for a ten (10) year period immediately preceding the application date to be eligible for lifetime licenses.

For our veterans and residents over 65 years old, and who have continuously resided in Wyoming for at least the thirty (30) years are eligible for a Free Lifetime License.

This also applies to disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients who remain as Wyoming residents.

Can I buy a Wyoming fish license online?

Fishing licenses can be purchased online from Cheyenne headquarters, Department regional offices, license selling agents throughout the state, and the Department website.

A lifetime conservation stamp may be purchased by applying to the Cheyenne headquarters or through any Department regional office.

You can purchase a license through Walmart.  Check out this article detailing how to buy a license from Walmart

To purchase a license from Walmart, you must provide your name, residence address, residency status, (DMV ID, passport, green card, military ID, etc.), date of birth, height, weight, hair color, and eye color.

Processing is immediate, you will receive your fishing license online, which can be printed. The official laminated version will be posted in the mail and should receive within 30 days.

Wyoming Free Fishing Day

For this wanting to try out fishing, Wyoming does offer a day each year that anyone in Wyoming can fish without a license.

That does not mean you can go crazy and catch a huge amount of fish. All fishing regulations, creel and size limits, gear restrictions, and stream closures apply.

Is fishing at night allowed in Wyoming

Fishing is allowed at all hours. In fact, night fishing is a favored time especially in waters which have catfish, and sometimes bass and large trout.

Wyoming Fishing Regulations 

There are a number of fishing regulations in the waters of Wyoming.

Here are a few important regulations. There are other important regulations including catch size and limit depending on the type of fish

Fishing in Wyoming you are required to hold a valid fishing license if you are over 15 years old and above.

Releasing Fish in the Summer

As water temperatures increase during summer months, using the proper techniques to catch and release fish become increasingly important to help ensure the fish will survive.

The Game and Fish asks anglers practicing catch and release, to consider the following:

    • Fish early in the morning while the water temperature is cooler and carry a pocket thermometer to monitor the water temperature as the day warms.
    • If the water temperature is at or above 65 degrees, consider keeping what you catch within the regulations.
    • If the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, do not attempt to catch and release fish.
    • Use flies and lures whenever many fish are being caught and released. The survival of released fish is five to ten times greater when using artificial rather than natural baits.
    • Play and land fish as rapidly as possible.
    • Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. • Do not squeeze the fish or place fingers in the gills.
    • Remove hooks gently. Barbless hooks allow easier hook removal. If hooked deeply, cut the leader.
    • If a fish is so exhausted it cannot hold itself upright, and if regulations allow, consider harvesting it because the fish has a poor chance of surviving.

Boating Regulations in Wyoming

If you are planning on taking a boat fishing. There are some regulations worth noting.

All boats entering Wyoming from out of state during March through to November must be inspected before launching.

  • To drain all water from watercraft when leaving the water, including the hull, ballast tanks, bilge, live wells, and motor.
  • Boaters must also remove visible plants from the watercraft and trailer.
  • Containers may be used to transport legal live baitfish and should be free of aquatic plants.
  • Bilge and ballast tank plugs and other barriers must be removed from watercraft and remain open during transport within Wyoming to allow compartments to fully drain and dry.

General Fishing Regulations 

Being a great angler involves treating fish and the environment respectfully.

Below are some general fishing regulations and tips that apply to any waterway regardless of where you are fishing.

Taking care of fish 

Handle fish as little as possible and only with wet hands. This reduces the removal of fish slime, which protects the fish from infection and aids in swimming.

When holding a fish that has teeth, use a gripping tool to support the front of the fish, and use the other hand under the belly to evenly support the fish’s weight.

Carefully remove the hook if possible. If the fish is gut-hooked or especially large or agitated, cut the line as close to the hook as you can while the fish is still in the water.

Reduce handling by using a dehooking tool. Dehooking tools allow anglers to quickly release their catch while minimizing injuries and handling time.

You should never hold a fish by its jaw, gills or eyes.

Releasing Fish

Always release your fish headfirst into the water. This allows water to be forced through the mouth and over the gills, essentially giving it a “breath of fresh air.”

Using proper gear 

Use tackle that is appropriate for the size and type of fish. For example, light gear can result in a fish dying of exhaustion or stress soon after its release.

A knotless, rubber-coated landing net is ideal when handling a fish since it supports the fish’s body weight.

Stay with your lines, so as you catch a fish you can retrieve it as soon as possible, minimizing stress and injury to the fish.

Disposing of you fish

It’s important to get into the practice to immediately kill the fish you intend on keeping. Many anglers keep the fish in a bucket of water. This causes a slow death to the fish as the water slowly runs out of oxygen.

  1. Dispatch them with a quick blow to the head.
  2. Place the dead fish in an esky or iced areas, out of sunlight.

Practice sustainable fishing practices 

We all have a responsibility to look after our fisheries resources, both for the environment and future fishing generations.

Keep up to date on the fishing regulations. They do change from time to time.

Carefully release undersized or unwanted fish back into the water.

Respect native sites, culture, and values

If you catch noxious species, remember not to return them to the water. Humanely dispose of them,

Always seek permission when entering private property.

Pass on your knowledge and promote sustainable fishing practices.

Important that we leave to protect and restore the environment. Dispose of fishing lines, excess bait, hooks by placing it in bins.

Fish to Catch in Wyoming

Wyoming has a diverse range of freshwater species. The availability of these fish may depend on seasonality and access to the rivers.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the most popular species found in the freshwaters of Wyoming

      • Cutthroat Trout
      • Brown Trout
      • Rainbow Trout
      • Kokanee Salmon
      • Brooke Trout
      • Splake
      • Lake Trout
      • Tiger Trout
      • Mountain White Fish
      • Grayling
      • Burbot
      • Channel Catfish
      • Black Bullhead
      • Sauger
      • Walleye
      • Yellow Perch
      • Northern Pike
      • Tiger Muske
      • Large Bassmouth
      • Small Bassmouth
      • Bluegill
      • Green Sunfish

Final Thoughts 

Fishing in America is one of the most popular sports. For good reason. It can be challenging catching a large fish, it can take patience and there is the enjoyment of being outside in nature.

Going fishing is an inexpensive and fun way to spend time, either by yourself or with friends or family.


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