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A: It is not legal in Idaho to let your line sit overnight.  Fishing lines must be attended at all times by the person who is fishing.
10/26/12
A: Under the current rules, you can catch and keep 20 hatchery-produced steelhead during the spring season and 20 hatchery-produced steelhead in the fall season for a grand total of 40 steelhead in a year.  See the steelhead section (page 36) of our current 2011 - 2012 Fishing Rules booklet or page ...
10/31/12
A: Yes, but you can only use multiple, single-point hooks  (NO treble hooks) that are barbless (or barbs bent down).   
11/1/12
A: An exchange student pays the resident fee for a fishing license.  For ages 14 through 17 the cost is  $13.75.
11/2/12
A: There are several different trespass laws and some different requirements for different situations. Posting is required for some situations, but is not required for cultivated land or fenced land. Posting is not required if the landowner or agent asks the person to leave (see Idaho Code Section 18 ...
11/3/12
A: We wanted to expand our original list of "Family Friendly" fishing waters around the state, but many of the ponds where we wanted to give the special designation are high angler use waters.  Biologically, we felt the bass populations in many urban ponds that we've added to the list, could not ...
11/23/12
A: You are referring to rules that require the use of non-lead shot for waterfowl hunting.  Lead shot was prohibited as per an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who regulate the harvest of migratory birds throughout the U.S..  Studies showed that large amounts of lead shot were being ...
11/26/12
A: The tribes set their own rules and seasons for hunting on their land.  We recommend that you contact them directly for correct information.  The Coeur d'Alene tribes website is http://www.cdatribe.org/.  In your question, you mention that you have talked to them already so you should be good to go ...
11/30/12
A: Downstream of Chesterfield Reservoir off Kelly Toponce Road along the Portneuf River, we were able to locate some new "No Hunting" signs that had been posted at the access site owned by the King Creek Grazing Association on Croney Road.  IDFG has an agreement with King Creek to allow access ...
12/5/12
A: Because there are so many places to fish steelhead in the state over such a long period of time, it's really hard to say there is a best time and place. If an angler has a chance to follow the run upstream, the best time could be any month from July or August through May. The first part of each ...
12/10/12
A: Minnow, as it's used in the fishing rules booklet, refers to fish in the Order Cypriniformes.  Common names include common carp, all shiners, chub, dace and suckers.  Perch are not minnows and are listed seperate from minnows in the discussion on "seining and minnow trapping" in the 2013 Fishing ...
12/10/12
A: As long as you are fishing for steelhead, even if you are fishing catch-and-release only, the steelhead permit is required.
12/11/12
A: You can use frozen, thawed, or shreded and bagged herring for bait in Idaho - in waters where bait fishing is allowed.  Whitefish are a game fish, so using the edible portion for bait could be construed by some as "waste of a game fish."  It is certainly legal to use the entrails, head, and tail ...
12/11/12
A: There are several nonresident license options: If you are also hunting big game, you can get a combination hunting/fishing license for $240.00 or a hunting license for $154.75. If you are only going to hunt turkeys and other small game, you can get a small game hunting license for $97.75.  If you ...
12/21/12
A: Idaho Code 202(s) defines residency for the purposes of purchasing resident hunting and fishing license. In part the code states that a person must be domiciled in Idaho with the bona fide intent to make Idaho their permanent abode. Simple ownership of property in Idaho does not constitute ...
12/21/12
A: We don't have a DAV discount on a fishing only license but we do have a discounted DAV combination (hunting/fishing) license.  It costs $5.00 and is available for residents only.
1/1/13
A: Your purchase of youth hunting/fishing licenses and tags will be valid through the end of the year, even after you turn 18.    
1/6/13
A: Thank you for the email. I believe the location you are referring to is owned by Bennett Timber Company. Unfortunately, there are not any public shooting ranges in Latah County so folks wanting to shoot are left to find random locations. We have posted safety zone signs to keep people from ...
1/7/13
A: In recent years about on third (33%) of the harvestin the Upper Salmon in section 19 (East Fork to Sawtooth Hatchery)  occurs in March and about two thirds (66%) occurs in April.
1/14/13
A: We haven't scheduled one yet, but if weather and ice conditions are conducive, we'll try to hold one in mid-February.  All we can say at this point is stay tuned.  We'll certainly get a press release out and advertise the event if/when we do it.  It will likely be at Hauser again.  Though the ...
1/16/13
A: Contact IDFG Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They can put you in touch with the License Department; they have those records.
1/16/13
A: Rabbits:   Cottontail Rabbit & Snowshoe Hare Seasons     3/1/12-8/31/12 Either-sex Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Falconry Idaho Statewide 4/1/12-8/31/12 Either-sex Snowshoe Hare Falconry Idaho Statewide 8/30/12-2/28/13 Either-sex Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Short-Range ...
1/19/13
A: Children can fish without a license until they are 14. Hunting is more complex.  If they haven’t had hunter education yet, they can get a hunting passport (detailed information is on our website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/?getPage=332.). Idaho’s Hunting Passport is a component ...
1/19/13
A: Yes, except in no-bait fishing waters (only flies or lures can be used in no-bait waters). 
1/20/13
A: Actually, many wouldn’t consider the diversity of fishes in the Clearwater Region to be poor.  The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers all flow through the Clearwater Region.  As a result, we have many fish species that don’t occur in other regions in the State.  For example, we have anadromous ...
1/22/13
A: We have not documented a spawning run/event on the stocked coho. We have seen females with ripe eggs over the years but don't really think they can complete their life history in Cascade. Unfortunately we have stopped using coho in Cascade Res. due to poor returns (the numbers of coho caught by ...
1/23/13
A: Yes, you can fish in an ice hut at night with a light.  Many years ago (30+/-), we had a prohibition on the use of artificial light, when fishing.  That rule was eliminated.  The only fishing that has restrictions on hours of the day that can be fished is Chinook salmon fishing.
1/23/13
A: There are two instances in which you can fish without a license: 1). Free Fishing Day...you can fish anywhere without a fishing license 2).  On a licensed, private pond.  Landowners can go through Fish and Game to license a private pond and they can make any kind of requirements they want to for ...
1/29/13
A: We have a two-pole permit that allows you to use two poles or rods at the same time on waters and during seasons specified by Commission Rule.  This permit is valid for all open water and for salmon and steelhead fishing. NOTE:  The two-pole permit is not valid for use while ice fishing and does ...
1/30/13
A: The only bounty program that Fish and Game is involved in is the Angler Incentive Program in the Panhandle (Lake Pend Oreille).  The information about it is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=107.  An Idaho fishing license is required.
2/3/13
A: She can fish for steelhead without a license or permit, but her catch will have to go on the permit of an adult fishing with her.  If she wants to keep her catch, she can get a permit to do so.
2/14/13
A: Lifetime licenses cost the same for disabled Vets that they do for other Idaho residents (see below).   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 fishing licenses ...
2/19/13
A:   No.  When you catch a fish you must either let it go or kill it.  You cannot take it home and keep it in an aquarium.   Holding Live Fish (page 53 of the 2013 Fishing Regulations): No permit is required to keep game fish alive that have legally been reduced to possession, in a live well, net or ...
2/21/13
A: Catfish are game fish so you can not use a bow to harvest them.  IDAPA 13.01.11.004. Gamefish:  Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
2/21/13
A: The next Free Fishing Day in Idaho is June 8, 2013......
2/21/13
A: Anglers 14 and older must have a fishing license and if they are fishing for steelhead, they must also get a steelhead permit.
2/27/13
A: Idaho Department of Fish and Game has an official policy regarding hunting and fishing activities. All Department personnel are encouraged to participate in hunting and fishing activities and become familiar with the fish and wildlife resources and the areas of the State that support these ...
3/1/13
A: There are no restrictions on wading below Henrys Lake.  While there are many redds visible, and many anglers wading through the stream (and even through redds), it is rare for impacts from wading to have enough of an impact on egg to fry survival to reduce fish populations.  In general terms, the ...
3/6/13
A: Idaho has a permit for the same purpose (Hunt from a Vehicle Permit).  The application form is online (the link is http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/disVehicle.pdf.). It requires a doctor's signature and it costs $1.75. If you need further information about the Magic Valley area, ...
3/7/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately ...
3/8/13
A: Idaho Residency Requirements Thursday, March 14, 2013 Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license. A resident is anyone who has been domiciled in this state with a bona fide intent to make this their place of permanent abode, for a period of not less than 6 months immediately ...
3/8/13
A: Contact Fish and Game Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They will put you in touch with the License Department who will work with you to become a vendor.
3/14/13
A: Yes, they can. 
3/17/13
A: Methods of Take (Steelhead) • Only single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for steelhead in the South Fork Clearwater River. • No person shall kill or retain in possession any steelhead which has been hooked other than in the mouth or jaw. Any steelhead hooked other than in the ...
3/18/13
A: It is legal as long as you remain with the jug.  You can have one fishing line in Idaho (or 2 lines with a two-pole permit) and it must be tended. So, if you teather a line to float/jug, you must remain with the float/jug for as long as you are fishing.
3/18/13
A: Unfortunately, yes it will be drained for irrigation.  We have no plans to restock the reservoir until adiquate water will support a fishery. F08
3/26/13
A: Yes, freshwater mussels can be used for fish bait.  In Idaho, there are no limits or restrictions on harvesting mussels.  Once mussels are removed from their shells, they cannot survive, so they are not considered "live" bait.
3/27/13
A: The Snake River covers such a big part of Idaho that it would probably be easiest for you to contact the region office for the area you want to fish.  Region office contact information is online.
3/28/13
A: If he is hunting, he must have an Idaho hunting license.  If he is fishing, he must have an Idaho fishing license.  If he is trapping, he must have an Idaho trapping license. He should check with the region office in the area for information about contacting the land management agency (for example ...
3/29/13
A: Idaho code and Fish and Game commission rules require anyone who hunts, fish, or traps to possess the appropriate license, permit, and tags. They must follow the seasons and all methods of take set by the Commission. If a real emergency existed, discretion would be used. However, the scenario ...
3/29/13