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Are there rules in Idaho for garden ponds?

I intend on building a garden pond (1,000-1,500 gallons) in my yard at my residence. I want to put fish (mostly goldfish) in the pond. I have heard that some other states require fencing, permits, inspections, etc. for these kinds of ponds. Are there any rules, regulation, permits or licenses I need to be aware of? The pond will NOT include stocking with any kind of native or game fish, and will NOT be used for any kind of fishing.

Answer

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game is only involved in garden ponds if the homeowner wants to stock them with game or native fish species.  You aren't precluded from keeping legally obtained game/native fish in your pond.  You just need to get a Private Fish Pond Permit from our agency.  They are free and good for 5-years.

 

Aquarium fish are actually regulated by the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture.  If the fish you want in your pond are on their invasive species list, then you will need a permit.  Check their website to learn more on how to obtain their information.

 

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