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A: The only exception that we can think of is during can't double the number of lines you use while ice-fishing.  In other circumstances, as long as you are in control of both poles, there aren't limitations on where you... Read more
A: Assuming you are interested in using a bow or spear to catch fish; here are the details: Spear Fishing in Idaho You must have an Idaho fishing license if you are 14 or over. Archery and Spear Fishing is defined as: Fishing with a bow and... Read more
A: No other permit is required.  More information: Spear Fishing in IdahoArchery and Spear Fishing is defined as: Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding firearms. This type of fishing is permitted only... Read more
A: Because current rules do not allow you to spear game fish. IDAPA rule says,   201.FISHING METHODS AND GEAR. Unless modified by a regional exception, the following fishing methods and restrictions are applicable in all... Read more
A: First, we just launched a new version of our Fishing Planner that allows you to search by distance from your location for any species of fish found in Idaho.  Go to and try it out.  You can find it on the bottom of... Read more
A: The rule that requires heads and tails to remain attached (and that means to the fish fillets). The rule is specific to trout, tiger muskie and bass. The rule insures special size limits, bag limits, and specie identification is easily... Read more
A: Mountain lakes are harsh (cold), sterile environments and only a few fish species will survive - and even less, thrive.  Temperatures alone eliminate survival of all warm and coolwater fish such as bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. In... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
A: This is a tricky question and open to interpretation by individual enforcement officers.  First, you've acknowledged that it is illegal to keep the smallmouth bass.  If a bass is bleeding from the gills but still alive, if you can remove... Read more
A: Depends on where you're planning on fishing.  In north Idaho, the general bag limit on bass is 6 fish of any size.  In the southern  and eastern part of the state, the general bag limit is 6 bass with a minimum size of 12." F08
A: Cold coupled with elevation.  Indeed it is cold in the Snake River, but it’s also nearly 1,000 feet lower in elevation (assuming you are referring to the American Falls area, where bass fishing is good).  As such, it has a longer growing... Read more
A: Where the Salmon River flows through the Clearwater and Salmon Region, there is no length limit on bass and you can harvest a maximum of 6 per day.  Where the Salmon River flows through the Southwest Region (mouth of Little Salmon... Read more
A: Bass in Ririe Reservoir generally do not live much past age 6.  Based on the data we have, a 3 year old bass is about 6 inches in length, a 4 year old is about 8 inches, and a 5 year old bass is about 10 inches.  A small percentage of... Read more
A: Yes, there are certainly perch in Lake Pend Oreille.  They can be accessed from the shore in many areas.  On the northeast portion of the lake, the Denton Slough area is a good place to fish for them, as would be the Clark Fork Delta... Read more
A: Call the Southwest Region office to see if they have recommendations for you.  Their number is 465-8465.    
A: Yes, we do allow the use of game fish for cut bait when fishing for sturgeon. F08
A: We've removed the minimum length limits from bass in Magic in an attempt to keep them from over-populating and stunting.  Fish rocky shore areas in the spring for best results. The reservoir will be very low in the summer of 2013.  I... Read more
A: The requirement that rainbow trout must have heads and tails attached while in transit is due to the fact that there are some fisheries with length restrictions on harvested fish.  Examples would be lake trout from Payette Lake (none over... Read more
A: The catch-and-keep season for bass is open year-around on most waters.  There are, however,  a few exceptions where we are trying to manage for quality or trophy populations of bass. In order for a fish to qualify as a "state record" the... Read more
A: Yes, there are smallmouth bass in Long Tom Reservoir.
A: We have ceased stocking catfish in Beachs Pond due to poor tag returns. Low returns indicating low harvest upset the balance in this pond. Un-harvested catfish exerted too much predation pressure on juvenile largemouth bass and bluegill,... Read more
A:   It is legal to catch them but they must be released or killed:   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic,... Read more
A: Catfish are game fish so you can not use a bow to harvest them.  IDAPA Gamefish:  Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic,... Read more