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A: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game does not have any rules prohibiting anglers from fishing below the dam, however, the entity that operates the facility may have restrictions to address public safety issues.  Typically, they post signs and have buoy lines to designate safety risk areas.  If you access ...
8/24/13
A: Ok, if the Idaho Fish and Game Commission sets a season for ocean-going Chinook salmon, Chinook that are over 24" in length and missing their adipose fin are considered "adults" and must be recorded on your Salmon Permit.  Ocean-going Chinook under 24" are considered a jack salmon and you may or ...
8/22/13
A: As of yet, no.  The fires to-date have remained west of ID-75 and outside of the Pioneer Zone. You can view realtime fire information with Hunt Area overlays at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire/ and in the Huntplanner MapCenter at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner ...
8/19/13
A: We offered the opportunity to harvest salmon in Clearwater drainage because we have several sources to back-fill any shortages of hatchery fish from hatcheries like Dworshak, Kooskia, Rapid River, and Oxbow.  We don't have the same number of hatcheries to back-fill shortages of fish in the upper ...
8/19/13
A: You can exchange your elk tag at any IDFG office or Headquarters before the season opens for the tag you currently have.
8/18/13
A: The definition of private land does not change.  If the land you want to hunt on is private, you must ask the landowner for permission.  If the private land is within a unit that is open for wolf hunting and the landowner okays your hunting on their land, you can hunt for wolves on the land. That ...
8/15/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: Since an owl is a protected raptor, contact the IDFG office in your area (https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/) so someone can come to pick it up. Thank you.  
8/14/13
A: Yes, an eleven year old can hunt ducks.  Be sure to add the Idaho Migratory bird permit to their license ($1.75 for residents, $4.75 for nonresidents).  The federal duck stamp isn't required until they are 16.
8/14/13
A: You can apply for an extra deer tag in the second draw
8/14/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/14/13
A: Yes, you can purchase a second general season elk tag for $416.75.
8/14/13
A: No, the mountain yellow-legged frog does not occur in Idaho. However, we do have a closely related species called the Columbia spotted frog, which looks quite similar to the yellow-legged frog. I expect you saw a Columbia spotted frog at Long Lake. If you are interested, we have some web content ...
8/13/13
A: No, no tiger muskie were planted in Smith Lake. We did have a recent record 44+lb. tiger muskie caught in Little Payette Lake. F08
8/11/13
A: I don't know what you consider a "problem," but bull trout appear to be doing fine in Idaho.  Redd (spawning) counts and trend fish sampling locations from throughout the state continue to demonstrate stable to increasing populations.   F08
8/10/13
A: Fires Close Some Backcountry Trails, Roads Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request ...
8/10/13
A: The list of leftover controlled hunts is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108.  There are several extra tag hunts available...the application period is August 5-15.
8/6/13
A: You can go to any vendor to get a duplicate or you can call 1-800-554-8685.
8/6/13
A: Call the Magic Valley Region office at 1-208-324-4359.  The biologist familiar with the Smoky Mountain area is based there.
8/6/13
A: You can hunt in both units even though you specified only one.
8/6/13
A: Yes, you can.  Deer tags are valid for any general season hunt.
8/5/13
A: You can use a deer tag in any general season hunt.  Archery weapons can be used during an any weapon hunt.
8/5/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108  
8/5/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: The link to the list of hunts and the number of tags available for the 2013 second draw is posted below.  The application period is August 5-15.  You can apply online, at a vendor or by calling 1-800-554-8685. http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/controlledHunts/?getPage=108 Good Luck on ...
8/4/13
A: Bear hunts are any-weapon seasons so a crossbow is legal.
8/3/13
A: You must have an Idaho hunting license to shoot coyotes.  They can be hunted all year.    
8/3/13
A: Please contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
8/3/13
A: The answer depends on which weapon you are using.  If you are hunting during an any weapon hunt using a high powered rifle (7mm) a bullet with a polymer tip is legal to use for big game hunting.  If you are hunting during a muzzleloader only season you are required to use a patched round ball or ...
8/2/13
A: Deer and elk--youth hunts are for youth ages 12-17.  An 18 year old cannot participate.
8/1/13
A: Yes, a reward is still being paid for the harvest of lake trout from Lake Pend Oreille.  Contact our Coeur d'Alene office at 208-769-1414 for more details.  Funding for the program is being provided by Avista Power as part of their Lake Pend Oreille mitigation obligation.   F08
8/1/13
A: All vendors can issue a duplicate license.  Duplicates cost $7.25.    
7/31/13
A: Yes, but...... The only brook trout we presently stock in Henrys Lake are sterile and can't successfully reproduce.  Their are still some natural brook trout in Henrys that migrate up the tributaries in the fall and spawn but survival of the eggs is poor. By placing eggs in a pressure chamber ...
7/31/13
A: No, there is no fall Chinook season scheduled for the Upper Salmon River, however, the very lower end of the Salmon River will have a fall Chinook season. Fall Chinook typically don't run far up the Salmon River.  Most only venture no more than 15 miles from the confluence with the Snake River. ...
7/31/13
A: A hunting license is $154.75 and the wolf tag is $31.75.
7/31/13
A: Wolf tags are available and we don't limit the number we sell... The only elk tag that is completely sold out at this time (July 31, 2013) is the nonresident Sawtooth B elk tag.  The tag count of nonresident general season tags is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/ ...
7/30/13
A: Placing tiger muskie in Carey Lake was discussed many years ago, but it was never done.  Channel catfish were tried instead to control stunted bluegill and bass. The only place in the Magic Valley Region with tiger muskie is Dog Creek Reservoir near Gooding.  They've been stocked in the reservoir ...
7/30/13
A: Big game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until Thursday, August 1, to buy their tags.  Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited and will become available for a second drawing. The application period for the second drawing runs from August 5 to 15. The drawing ...
7/28/13
A: You can apply for a hunt during the second chance application period--August 5-15. We didn't have any leftover moose hunts in 2013.
7/28/13
A: Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; crappie; perch; bass; catfish; bullhead; sunfish; sturgeon; northern pike; ...
7/26/13
A: The answer is no.  In Idaho, specific wording in code makes it illegal to fish catch-and-release for anadromous (ocean-going) salmon or steelhead if there is not a defined season. 
7/25/13
A: That information is in the Fishing Rules Book. Each region of the state has a chapter in our Fishing Rules Book.  The first page of every chapter is the information about general bag limits and possession limits of different types of fish as well as the length restrictions, if any, for the fish.  ...
7/24/13
A: Please contact the Forest Service at 208-774-3000 for information.  There have been some fires in the area and it may be closed.
7/23/13
A: Resident Elk tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=76.   Nonresident tag quotas are on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=75.   Both lists are updated weekly.
7/23/13
A: If the areas is not closed for safety reasons, you can spear unprotected nongame fish in the Spokane River provided you have a valid fishing license and the fishing season for game fish is open.  Suckers and tench are considered unprotected nongame fish in Idaho.
7/22/13
A: You can fish with an unlimited number of rods in Lake Pend Oreille, without a 2-pole permit, while fishing from a boat. Lake Pend Oreille is an exception to our rules on the 2-pole permit.  As part of our effort to recover kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille, we are trying to encourage harvest of lake ...
7/22/13
A: The list will be out in early August (after the first).  Vendors will receive a list on their License machines and the list will be available on the IDFG website.  The application period is August 5-15.
7/22/13
A: The list of hunts available will be out (on our website and at vendors) by August 4. 
7/22/13
A: Yes, you can use roe or any other bait in a steelhead catch-and-release season.  You also must use a barbless hook and immediately release any steelhead that are caught.
7/21/13