Wyoming fishing licenses are required for anglers in the state, regardless of whether you are a resident or a nonresident. Wyoming recreational fishing licenses are issued by the WY Game and Fish Department year round. Prior to completing a fishing license application, anglers should know all the department rules for obtaining licenses, as well as the available license types. Anglers have the choice to apply for either a new fishing license or a commercial license to fish. Both of the available types of fishing permits can be purchased either online or through an approved Wyoming Game and Fish Department license retailer. Depending on how long you plan to fish in Wyoming, applicants also have the choice to buy a daily license to fish or one of the department’s standard annual fishing licenses. Should you decide to buy your individual permit to fish through the Game and Fish Department’s online system, you will be asked to choose between one of six different licenses currently available. Applicants may also choose to purchase a conservation stamp online as well. However, prior to selecting your Wyoming permit to fish, review all of the options available to you in order to ensure that you get the proper license for your purposes. For more information on how to get a fishing license in Wyoming, click this link. Evaluate the following types of licenses offered by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, as they will be a critical component on any of your future fishing trips:
- New regular fishing licenses
- Commercial licenses to fish
New Wyoming Fishing Licenses
The state of Wyoming offers resident fishing licenses and non resident fishing licenses through a seamless application process. The steps require applicants to provide certain documentation along with their Social Security Number, even if they do not currently reside in WY. Social Security Numbers are only used for identification purposes and will not be written on any type of documentation. If you do not have an SSN, then you will be asked for your Tax Identification Number (TIN) instead.
Residents must provide additional documentation in order to obtain a freshwater license in Wyoming. For example, in addition to your driver’s license, you may be asked to present proof of your residency status in the form of a recent utility bill. You will also need to fill out the proper application and have it ready for submission to the WY Game and Fish Department.
Prospective fishermen who would like to get their fishing credentials online can do so by visiting the department’s website and selecting the “Apply or Buy” option. Once on the appropriate page, you will need to provide your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number and your date of birth, in addition to any proof of residency documentation (such as your driver’s license number). Make sure to have a credit card ready to pay the appropriate licensing fee following application submission.
Wyoming Commercial Fishing Licenses
Commercial fishing licenses in Wyoming are required if you would like to profit commercially off of your catches. Those individuals who would like to sell fish for a living have the option to apply for four different commercial licenses in WY including:
- Private fish hatchery licenses.
- Landowner lake licenses.
- Fishing preserve licenses.
- Seine or trap fish licenses.
Regardless of which fishing credential you apply for, anglers must complete an application form. The form is provided by the WY Game and Fish Department and should contain pertinent information, along with your signature and proper license fee payment. When buying a commercial fishing license, the state fishing department only accepts payment in the form of a check or money order. Licensing fees are subject to change without notice, so make sure you verify the exact cost prior to submitting your Wyoming commercial fishing permit application.
Note: If you are filling out a Private Fish Hatchery License Application, provide a copy of a surety bond in the amount of $500 in order to process your licensing request. Additionally, note on the form the type of fish species you intend to raise, regardless of whether you plan to sell the fish, trade them or transport them to or from a private fish hatchery.