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Fishing Licenses

The various fishing licenses and their fees are listed below.
These licenses can be purchased online, or from many store locations.

Note: The Paddlefish license is a tag type license issued through a lottery drawing.Learn more here...

License Privileges this license allows: Fee*
Resident 1-Day Fishing Resident fishing for one day only, including the taking of frogs and turtles, and taking only one daily limit per species. Resident youth under age 16 are not required to have a fishing license. $8 *
Resident Annual Fishing Resident fishing, taking frogs or turtles. Youth 16 to 18 must purchase the Junior Combination License, which includes fishing, as well all hunting and trapping privileges, for the same cost. Resident youth under age 16 are not required to have a fishing license. * $28
Resident Senior Fishing
(age 65 and older)
Residents age 65 and older to fish, take frogs or turtles. * $12
Resident Combination
(Small game + Fishing)

Residents, 19 or over, to fish (including taking frogs and turtles) and hunt small game including pheasant, grouse, partridge, quail, cottontail rabbit, and tree squirrel. You may also hunt all species which may be taken with the Predator/Varmint lLicense, including coyote, red and gray fox, skunk, raccoon, badger, prairie dog, ground squirrel (gopher), crow, jackrabbit, porcupine and marmot. This license does not include furbearer (trapping) privileges.

Resident youth, age 16 to 18, must buy the Junior Combination License.

Resident Junior Combination
(Ages 16-18)

Resident youth age 16 to 18 to hunt Pheasant, Grouse, Partridge, Quail, Cottontail Rabbit, Squirrel, Waterfowl, Opossum, Mink, Weasel, Beaver, Muskrat, Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Skunk, Raccoon, Badger, Prairie Dog, Ground Squirrel, Crow, Jackrabbit, Gopher, Porcupine, Marmot, AND fish, take frogs or turtles AND hunt anything on a shooting preserve for which the preserve is licensed.

Since the Junior Combination License cost the same or less than annual small game and annual fishing license by themselves, we have made the Junior Combination the ONLY choice for juniors, with the exception of daily small game and fishing licenses, and the predator/varmint license.

* $27
Game Fish Spearing & Archery Fishing Permit

Allows anglers with a valid fishing license to take game fish with a spear, legal speargun, or legal bow and arrow.

--Not required to take paddlefish during designated seasons

--Not required to take rough fish

Resident Reduced Fee Hunting & Fishing Card for persons with total disability and certain veterans - South Dakota residents who qualify and are approved will be issued a Disabled/Veteran Hunting and Fishing Card for a $10 fee. More...  
Resident Setline License South Dakota residents must have a seperate license for each setline they operate. More...
Resident Hoop Net License South Dakota residents must have a separate license for each hoop net they operate. More...
Resident Nursing Facility Group License

Nursing homes applying for this license must be licensed by the state as a nursing facility. The license only applies to permanent residents of the nursing home. It does not apply to staff or employees of the nursing home. More...

Nonresident Youth: Option 1 Nonresidents under age 16 do not need a fishing license when fishing with a parent or guardian who has a valid South Dakota fishing license. The youth's fish must be included in the daily and possession limit of the parent or guardian. Youth wishing to take their own limit of fish may purchase a nonresident fishing license.  
Nonresident Youth: Option 2 Nonresident youth under age 16 who wish to keep their own limit of fish and/or fish on their own may purchase the Youth Annual Fishing License which allows all the privileges of the adult Annual Fishing License. * $25
Nonresident 1-Day Fishing Nonresident fishing for one day only, and taking of one daily limit of fish only, including frogs and turtles. * $16
Nonresident 3-Day Fishing Nonresident fishing for a 3-consecutive day period, and keeping fish, frogs and turtles within the legal daily and possession limits. $37 *
Nonresident Annual Fishing Nonresident fishing, taking frogs or turtles within the legal daily and possession limits. $67 *
Nonresident Family Annual Fishing Nonresident, spouse, and their children under age 16 to fish, take frogs or turtles. A single limit is allowed in total for all people covered under this license. $67 *

* Does not include $4 agent fee