To buy a resident fishing license a person
must actually live within and be a bona fide resident of South Dakota
for at least 90 days with the intent to make it home, have a South Dakota
Driver's license, have their motor vehicles register in South Dakota and
not claim residency in any other state.
To buy a license, a resident needs a valid
South Dakota driver's license or a state-issued and expiration-dated South Dakota
ID card. Either can be obtained at a state
driver’s license office.
Any person who has lawfully acquired a resident
fishing license and leaves the state after acquiring
the license to take up residency elsewhere
may continue to exercise all the privileges granted
by the license until the license expires if the person’s
respective privileges are not revoked or suspended.
Annual Fishing License
Allows residents age 19 - 64 to fish throughout
the license period. Residents age 16-18 are required to purchase the Junior Combination License.
Senior Fishing License
Residents 65 and older must buy a Senior Fishing
One-Day Fishing License
One day fishing license begins at 12:01 a.m.
and expires at midnight for the specified date on the license.
Combination Fishing License
Residents age 19-64 may purchase this license
which combines fishing and small game hunting
The equivalent of a Resident Fishing License
at a cost of $10 and valid for four years for disabled veterans and those
confined to a wheel chair. Veterans must be receiving payments for a service-connected
injury, or have received the Veteran's Administration "K" award,
or be receiving 100% Social Security benefits or be a former Prisoner
Residents age 16-18 are required to purchase
the Junior Combination License.
Residents under the age of 16 do not need a
license to fish and are entitled to take their own limits.
Annual Fishing License
Allows a nonresident to fish throughout the
Annual Family Fishing License
Allows a nonresident and immediate family (children under
age 16 and spouse) to fish throughout the license period. The combined
catch for all family members may not exceed one daily limit and one possession
limit for each species.
Temporary Fishing License
One day and Three day fishing licenses are
available which begin at 12:01 a.m. and expire at 12 Midnight for the date stated on the
Nonresidents under age 16 do not need a fishing
license if one of their parents or a guardian has a fishing license
and the youth's fish are included in the daily possession limits of
the parent or guardian. Youths under 16 may buy a license and take their