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A: Free Fishing Day in Idaho is the 2nd Saturday of June.  In 2012 that is June 9.  The exact date for 2013 will be available when new Fishing Rules books are printed this fall.
4/4/12
A: The list of game fish (copied below) is found in the Fishing Rules Book.   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; ...
4/7/12
A: Nonresidents can purchase a "daily" fishing license; the first day costs $12.75 and each additional day is $6.00.  You can purchase it at any vendor. If you are interested in Chinook salmon fishing, you can purchase a 3-day salmon/steelhead license.  This includes a fishing license and steelhead/ ...
4/9/12
A: The North and South forks of the Snake River are open to fishing during the 4/27 – 30 period.  All the tributaries to these rivers are closed.  The area near Coffee Pot will be catch-and-release fishing, only.
4/22/12
A: Steelhead are rainbow trout longer than 20 inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam and lakes).   Rainbow trout ...
4/23/12
A: At the present time, cutthroat trout are considered part of the “trout” bag limit in most of the state.  This means you can catch and harvest 6 cutthroat trout per day over most of Idaho.  The Magic Valley, Southeast, and Upper Snake restrict cutthroat harvest in rivers and streams to 2 cutthroat ...
4/23/12
A: You can do it through the mail or at an Idaho fishing license vendor.  If you choose to do it by mail, please contact Idaho Fish and Game for a lost license affidavit.  Their number is 208-334-3400.  You can also get a duplicate from any license vendor or Fish and Game office when you come to ...
4/26/12
A: No, it isn't.  It is only valid for Chinook salmon fishing within the state of Idaho.
4/26/12
A: Both are open all year.  The trout limit is 2.
5/5/12
A: We are using a few pike in mountain lakes in south-central Idaho to reduce brook trout numbers, but we really don’t want them to be harvested (some lakes have less than 10 pike stocked).  In the Southwest part of Idaho the best place to find Tiger muskies is Dog Creek Reservoir near Gooding or ...
5/7/12
A: One of the stated goals for the Summit is to have a clear sense of what hunters, anglers, trappers and other wildlife conservationists want from their wildlife management agency.  Director Virgil Moore is expected to explain the dilemma that Fish and Game is facing; legal mandates and public ...
5/10/12
A: Yes, you can.  The link is https://id.outdoorcentral.us/.   
5/22/12
A: No refunds will be made on resident licenses, tags or permits (including receipts issued for prepaid tags). If you are successful, the deer receipt may be redeemed as soon as resident tags go on sale in July.  The deadline for purchase of controlled hunt tags is August 1.   
5/23/12
A: Fishing with a bow and arrow is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish (such as carp), and only in those waters during the season set for the taking of game fish.  For bow fishing locations in your area, please contact your nearest Idaho Fish and Game office.
5/24/12
A: We hope to have a salmon fishing season on the South Fork Salmon river this year, but we really won't know for certain until June 4.  By then, our fish managers expect to know enough about numbers of fish returning to recommend seasons to the IDFG commission. If the fish begin to show up as ...
5/24/12
A: Yes, it is legal to use gas boats on McArthur Lake, Boundary County.
5/25/12
A: Treaty rights to hunt and fish are held by tribes, not by individual members, and these treaty rights have geographic limitations as to where they apply.   If a member wants to hunt/fish within the scope of her tribes’ treaty rights, the tribe regulates the member’s hunting & fishing.   If a ...
5/26/12
A: What you describe is commonly known as a "bobber."  You can attach as many bobbers/bottles as you want to your line.  You can have two lines out at once with a Two-pole permit.  Without a Two-pole permit, you can only fish with one line.
5/28/12
A: Coeur d'alene Lake is like most other water bodies in that you can use two poles if you purchase a 2-pole permit ($13.75 for residents, $15.50 for non-residents).  This would apply to boat or shore.
5/29/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game is planning a kickoff announcement on June 5 with registration opening soon thereafter.  We encourage all Idahoans who care about wildlife to participate in the Summit either by coming to Boise, going to a one of the regional events or online.  We can send you outreach ...
5/30/12
A: Because the overall return of spring/summer Chinook salmon to Idaho is smaller than orginally anticipated we have deferred making a decsion about the fishery in the Upper Salmon River  while gathering and analyzing PIT tag detection data relevant to  hatchery returns to that area.   It is clear ...
5/30/12
A: The opening date for the South Fork Salmon River will be set by the Fish and Game Commission during a June 11 teleconference.
5/31/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
5/31/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via teleconference on June 11 to discuss the proposal for a 2012 Chinook salmon fishery in the South Fork Salmon  South Fork Salmon River. At that time they will set a starting date if they approve a fishery.  
6/4/12
A: There is no restriction on the mesh size for crayfish traps.  Follow the dimensional requirements and you are legal to deploy 5 crayfish traps per fishing license.  If you want to deploy more than 5 traps, you will need to get a Commercial Fishing License for your operation.   The mesh size ...
6/4/12
A: Yes, you can field dress fish by removing the entrails.  You just can’t cut off the any part of the head or tail of a game fish until it gets to your final place of residence. We require the head and tail be left on fish while in transit because a number of waters around the state have minimum or ...
6/4/12
A: Please contact the Panhandle Region office for information.  Their number is 208-769-1414.
6/4/12
A: Most brook trout fishing opportunities within the Magic Valley involve smaller headwater streams.  Places such as upper South Fork Boise River, Upper Littlewood River, Upper Rock Creek (Twin Falls County), Upper Cassia Creek, and various tributaries feeding into the Upper Big Wood River.  All of ...
6/5/12
A: According to our records, we did not know that there were wild trout in Sand Hollow Creek. I certainly didn't know.  A couple of other sampling sites surveyed in this creek during 2001 came up as no fish present.  We appreciate the information. I would like to talk with you on the phone about your ...
6/5/12
A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres.  The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ ...
6/7/12
A: 1) If you are fishing with your son and hook a fish that you want him to land, you will be legal if you have him reel in his line prior to you handing him your pole.  2) Yes, you can cast out a line for your son and let him hold the pole.  He must be able to retrieve the line, himself.  You would ...
6/7/12
A: Chinook salmon in Lake Coeur d'Alene are not subject to the 5/8 inch shank and the barbless rules of other areas.
6/7/12
A: The schedule for stocking each month is posted online with the Fishing Reports-- the southwest region information is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/stockingSouthwest.pdf.
6/10/12
A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres. The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ Strike ...
6/10/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Monday, June 11, approved Chinook fishing seasons on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers. The Chinook fishing season opens June 23 and continues until further notice from Fish and Game. Seasons open June 23 on:   South Fork Salmon, lower - From the ...
6/11/12
A: Unfortunately the Chinook returns are quite a bit smaller than predicted this year.  As such the fishery will be targeting only fish returning to the Sawtooth hatchery.  This year’s commission approved boundaries will be from the posted boundary downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery (upstream of ...
6/12/12
A: No, you can't. On page 46 of the Fishing Rules Book: Sale of Fish: Fish harvested by anglers cannot be bought or sold without a commercial license except as provided by Idaho Code.
6/12/12
A: The fishing season for Chinook salmon in the Upper salmon River opens on June 23 until firther notice in the section from tthe Highway 75 bridge over the Salmon River about 250 yards upstream of the mouth of the East Fork Salmon River upstream to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the ...
6/13/12
A: Thanks for the question and your interest in this fishery.  Unfortunately there are very few Pahsimeroi fish returning this year and their chance of encounter in this fishery is very small.  Even when the Pahsimeroi  Hatchery Chinook return is robust only a small fraction of the Pahsimeroi stock ...
6/13/12
A: Assuming you mean Oxbow Reservoir (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingplanner/WaterInfo.aspx?qt=1&ID...) then the western half of the Reservoir is actually in Oregon so no, you cannot fish from land on the Oregon side.  Although the stateline goes down the center of the reservoir you ...
6/13/12
A: From the Boise area, a great place to camp and fish is along the Middle Fork of the Boise River. This area is accessed via Highway 21. Just past the high bridge over Mores Creek, turn right onto the Middle Fork Road and drive past Lucky Peak and Arrowrock Reservoirs. The Middle Fork offers a ...
6/16/12
A: You can see the list of Idaho's Record Fish in the Fishing Rules Book (page 55)
6/16/12
A: Sorry, this access is controlled by the State Park, call for information at 382-6544.    
6/18/12
A: You can use a jug or plastic water bottle as a bobber provided it's attached to a tended line.  Each line can have 5 hooks and you can attach as many bobbers/bottles per line as you would like.
6/18/12
A: Yes, there are fish in Long Tom and Mountain Home reservoirs.  Mountain Home Reservoir is typically stocked with rainbow trout in the early spring.  Fish will survive all year if adiquate water remains in the reservoir over the winter.  If conditions are right, this can be a very nice ice fishery ...
6/19/12
A: Yes, they can.  If they are under 14 they don't need a fishing license but they must fish with someone who does have a fishing license (resident or nonresident).  If they want to keep their catch, it becomes part of the licensed fisherman's limit.
6/20/12
A: The combination lifetime license cost for a 40-year-old is $1,113.00.  Please read the information below for more details.   Resident Lifetime License Certificates   Regardless of your age, purchase of a lifetime license could be the best investment you ever make. Lifetime combination, hunting and ...
6/20/12
A: Idaho Fish and Game doesn't provide search and rescue insurance as part of hunting and fishing licenses.
6/21/12
A: There are many variables that influence time of the run return.  Flow, temperatures, and sediment loading are just three of the factors.  We know concentrations of predator (seals and sea lions) also have some influence on return timing but were not sure how much they delay movement between the ...
6/21/12
A: A treble hook is considered one hook, even though there are 3 points on it.  Be sure that any barbs are bent down to the shank to meet the barbless requirement.
6/23/12