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What are the laws on catching and selling shiners (& the like) for bait & licenses needed to sell bait in idaho

We are wanting to start a small mobile bait selling business from our home. What licenses are needed to sell bait, from a mobile vehicle, and what bait is legal to sell & besides worms, are you allowed to catch & kill & sell bait fish, like shiners etc, thank you!

Answer

You can collect and sell shiners and other nongame fish for bait in Idaho as long as you have the appropriate permits.

To collect and market bait fish in Idaho, you would need to acquire a Commercial Fishing License from the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game along with net tags for your gear.  See the specific rules in IDAPA 13.01.12 at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0112.pdf .

If you are importing fish or bait from out-of-state, you may need an import permit from the Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture - if the item is considered an "invasive species" under Idaho Code.

Remember, Idaho does not allow the use of live bait in any waters, so all bait fish must be euthanized prior to leaving the water in which they are collected.