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A: At this time, the website does not describe access improvement projects that are currently underway. However, the Idaho Fishing Planner is a valuable tool for exploring fishing opportunities, including access and facilities, throughout the state.
12/16/13
A: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will honor the item(s) you purchased while a resident of Idaho for the length the item(s) is valid. As a reminder you cannot own resident licenses in more than one state (the exception being active military personnel).
12/13/13
A: The Idaho Department Fish and Game (Department) has looked at the concept of a 365 day license. After researching this concept, the Department has made the decision to keep licenses based on a calendar year.
12/11/13
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 complied with. Recently this rule was removed from Salmon and ...
12/11/13
A: At this time we are only offering 3 year licenses for hunting, fishing and combination hunting and fishing. Tags and permits are still valid for one (1) calendar year. 
12/11/13
A: No, the 2013-14 run of steelhead returning to Hells Canyon does not contain enough fish to release adults into the reservoirs upstream of the dam.  Hopefully, next years' run will be larger and we can offer steelhead fishing again in the Hells Canyon pool.   F08
11/22/13
A: A six-month waiting period for purchasing a license as a resident is required by law. You can purchase a license as a nonresident until then, however.  We offer a season license or "daily" fishing license--you specify which days you want to fish.  
11/22/13
A: First, "thank you" for coming to Idaho to hunt and fish.    Sorry about the confusion.  The addition of a three-day fishing license to a nonresident hunting license is new and not all staff understand the rules.   The three-day fishing license does not allow you to purchase a salmon or steelhead ...
11/18/13
A: To allow anglers access to steelhead below Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River, The trap at the dam is not operated prior to November 1.  Once trapping starts, there are obligations for those fish at Idaho Power's Oxbow fish hatchery and in Oregon that must be met prior to transporting fish to the ...
11/17/13
A: Kevin,   Yes, the steelhead derby is on.  Check the following website for details:  http://www.steelheadderby.com/ . The derby must follow all rules set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  As a Department, we can not waive size restrictions or increase bag limits, so on the main Clearwater ...
11/13/13
A: Crappie populations are extremely cyclic - that is to say, usually one or two year classes will dominate a population until they get old and die and leave room for another year class to survive and thrive.  After several years of fishing on two very strong year classes, it appears they have passed ...
11/8/13
A: This same question was asked a few minutes ago, please refer to this answer: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/question/will-any-steelhead-be-released-boise-river-november
10/28/13
A: As long as you exercise caution when handling the fish and don't cause mortality, you can take a picture with your fall Chinook before releasing.   F08
10/14/13
A: Owning real property or paying property taxes within the state of Idaho is not a qualification for residency. 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, ...
10/1/13
A: Here are some basic rules you need to follow: 1)  Anything with a reel, line, and upto 5 hooks can be used to harvest fish.  Traps (baskets, weirs, etc.) are illegal unless you are trapping crayfish.  You can legally have 5 crayfish traps in the water at once with a valid fishing license. 2) ...
9/28/13
A: It depends on if we are talking about fishing and hunting seasons, bag limits, gear restrictions, etc. For setting both fish and hunting rules, we have an extensive public input process we follow.  Our Fish and Game Commission actually approved a policy document in 2006 that outlines all steps.  ...
9/26/13
A: It's nice to have such a great return of fall Chinook to the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in 2013.  Unfortunately, the season will not be extended past October 31st due to agreements in-place with other management entities.   The only exception to the October 31st closure is the area immediately ...
9/26/13
A: Our license system is set-up to accept a passport number in lieu of a social security number.  Use that number with an out-of-country address.   F08
9/24/13
A: The proportion of wild fall Chinook that returned to the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater systems was a "good news/bad news" story.  The "good news" was we had a record fall Chinook return to Idaho.  More "good news" was a large portion of the fish were wild.  The "bad news" was that we didn't have ...
9/21/13
A: Yes, we have recently stocked early spawning kokanee in Hayden Lake for the purpose of providing a sport fishery.  We have significant numbers of early kokanee from our south Idaho egg taking station at Deadwood Reservoir. Kokanee, in certain waters, can be extremely difficult to manage when ...
9/16/13
A: First, on the fire situation in Custer County.  None of the significant fires experienced by Idaho in the summer of 2013 prompted closures in the Salmon/Custer County area.  There have been closures in other parts of the state but the area where your son is hunting was spared.   Ok, our 3-day ...
9/10/13
A: There are no set fishing hours for steelhead, so you could fish 24 hours per day.  The only species of fish with set fishing hours are anadromous Chinook Salmon.  Check annually for Chinook seasons, usually set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in March or April, for the listed fishing hours.
8/25/13
A: Only if you have a two-pole permit.  With a fishing or combination license, you can only have one apparatus designed to catch fish,  in the water at a time.  With a two-pole permit, you can use two appartatuses actively attempting to take fish - at the same time.   F08
8/25/13
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: 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: 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: All vendors can issue a duplicate license.  Duplicates cost $7.25.    
7/31/13
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: 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: Contact the Panhandle Region office at 208-769-1414.
7/21/13
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 the hook without doing anymore damage - do so and release ...
7/21/13
A: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has the ability to suspend a person's hunting and fishing privileges if child support is not paid. You will need to check with DHW to see if they have placed a suspension on your privileges to hunt or fish.
7/19/13
A: Start with the Salmon River.  You can catch and keep two rainbow trout.  Rapid River is another water where you can catch and keep two trout.  In the summer, fish the 7-Devils Lake at the end of the road.  You can keep 6 rainbow trout and 25 brook trout.  If you don't mind a walk, the limit in ...
7/15/13
A: Try Milner Reservoir.  Idaho Power Company stocks channel catfish in Milner as part of their mitigation for the hydropower project at the dam. You can also catch catfish at Murtaugh and Wilson lakes along with the Snake River through the Twin Falls area.  Trying fishing with cut bait at Centennial ...
7/13/13
A: The six-month waiting period for Idaho residency is what is required by law.  There isn't any way around it.
7/12/13
A: This is a difficult question to answer because there are way too many variables that need to be considered.  Let me start by listing my recommendations by season. 1.  Winter - If you want to catch trout in the winter, there are several ice fishing and stream options.  The Boise River is one of my ...
7/11/13
A: Because returns on stocked fish in the South Fork Payette River were so low, we've moved most our stocking efforts to local ponds  in the Banks/Lowman area.  With that said, we still occasionally stock fish near campground and high-use areas.  Check the Fisheries section on our website for ...
7/9/13
A: The objective of the Super Hunt is to raise funds to help pay for the Access Yes! program.  Access Yes! compensates landowners across the state to open up their private property to hunting, fishing and wildlife dependent recreation. The Super Hunt is a raffle and is open to anybody wishing to ...
7/8/13
A: Yes, crayfish and bullfrogs are the only two fish species that can legally be taken using just your hands.  Everything else requires the use of fishing gear, tackle, or traps.
7/2/13
A: You can have a maximum of 5 hooks per line in Idaho.  Each hook can have up to 3 points. F08
7/2/13
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
6/29/13
A: There is no limit on the number of crayfish you can catch in Lake Coeur d'Alene.  With a fishing license you can only "soak" 5 traps.  Traps must not be greater than 8 cubic feet in volume or no more than 2' high, wide, or long.   F08
6/29/13
A: Go to any license vendor and request a "duplicate" license.  The cost is $7.50. F08
6/29/13
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 season than Ririe does.  There are also springs that dump in ...
6/27/13
A: Yes.  You must have an Idaho fishing license and can only use this type of gear on nongame fish such as carp and suckers.  More information: Archery and Spear Fishing:  Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding firearms. This type of fishing is permitted only in ...
6/25/13
A: There isn't a special bow-fishing license.  All that is needed is a fishing license. More information: Archery and Spear Fishing: Fishing with a bow and arrow, crossbow, spear or mechanical device, excluding firearms. This type of fishing is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and ...
6/25/13
A: No, the opener is still the 5th of July.
6/25/13
A: A youth under the age of 14 may fish for salmon without a license and permit BUT in order for them to keep a salmon over 24" in length, it must be recorded on an accompaning adult anglers salmon permit.  If a resident youth wants their own bag limit, they can purchase their own salmon permit (no ...
6/25/13
A: During 2012, there were so many people fishing at Chesterfield Reservoir that the irrigation company couldn't get past the vehicles parked on the dam to get to their pump house.  One instance involved the irrigation company accidentally bumping a private vehicle parked on the dam and causing some ...
6/24/13
A: The Chinook carcass needs to be kept as cool as possible to discourage bacteria growth.  When you are done fishing for the day and your fish is recorded on your Salmon permit, you can:  remove the head and tail provided the skin of the fish remains attached to the flesh including a portion from a ...
6/24/13
A: We have not documented natural spawning below the dam.  I am sure spawning occurs but the young do not appear to survive long enough to be caught in the fishery.  We tag all of the sturgeon stocked.  The fish we have surveyed appear to all be of hatchery origin.  
6/23/13
A: Resident duplicate licenses are $7.25 and are available from any vendor. (Duplicate tags are also $7.25 but they are only available from Fish and Game region offices and Headquarters).
6/23/13
A: There is a three-day salmon/steelhead permit that costs $37.50 and there is a three-day small game license that costs $35.50.  We also have a daily fishing license that would cost $12.75 for the first plus $6.00 for each additional day.  
6/22/13
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 upstream to the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River) there is ...
6/20/13
A: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish:   Only five (5) crayfish traps can be fished with a valid fishing license. If more than five traps are used at one time, you must obtain a Commercial Fishing License and trap tags. ngame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and crayfish may be taken only in ...
6/19/13
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 around the drift yard.  The area around Hope can be good also, ...
6/19/13
A: Yes, a citation for fishing without a license would show up on a background check of any Fish and Game violations.  
6/19/13
A: Many IDFG Regions don't have limits on crappie BUT some waters do have limits.  You can look up the body of water you will be fishing to find out by using the Fishing Planner on our website.  Information about finding and using the fishing planner is copied below: The Fishing Planner is a resource ...
6/17/13
A: It is legal to use felt bottom soled footwear in Idaho waters.
6/17/13
A: If the child is a resident the adult doesn't have to have a fishing license.  Nonresident children must fish with someone who has a license.
6/16/13
A: If you are outside of tribal lands  you must have an Idaho fishing license. 
6/16/13
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Wednesday, June 12, adopted a Chinook salmon fishing season on the South Fork Salmon River to open Friday, July 5. Fishing will be open only Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until further notice. Managers anticipate a shorter fishery on the South Fork because fewer ...
6/15/13
A: Not removing or checking crayfish traps is a misdemeanor in Idaho.  Fine will probably be around $100.   F08
6/14/13
A: Call the Southwest Region office to see if they have recommendations for you.  Their number is 465-8465.    
6/13/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/12/13
A: Trapping or Seining Minnows and Crayfish   Nongame fish (minnows), yellow perch, and crayfish may be taken only in waters open to fishing; provided the seine or net does not exceed ten (10) feet in length or width, and nets and seines must have three-eighths (3/8) inch square or smaller mesh; and ...
6/12/13
A: From your local regional office ask for a "Disable License Verification" form.  Once your doctor signs the form signifying that you are disabled, you can take that to your local Fish and Game office to purchase a discounted disabled fishing license. F08
6/12/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/11/13
A: No...that isn't correct!
6/11/13
A: There are no rules that require you to stop legally using two-poles (with a two-pole permit) when you are within one fish of your bag limit. Yes, technically you may exceed your bag limit by hooking two fish at the same time, but, realistically your odds of that happening are extremely low.  If by ...
6/11/13
A: A Commerical Fishing license to set more than 5 traps and sell crayfish costs $111.75 for residents and $266.75 for nonresidents.  You then must buy a tag for each trap that costs $3. Note: Commercial Fishing license are on a fiscal year rather than other IDFG licenses that are issued on a ...
6/10/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/8/13
A: As long as you have the two-pole permit you can fish with two poles until your limit is reached.  You don't have to stop using two poles when you only have one more fish left to make your limit.  Two poles can be used for steelhead, Chinook and trout fishing.
6/7/13
A: IDAPA rule 13.01.11.004.16 defines a float tube as: " Float Tube. A floating device that suspends a single occupant, from the seat down, in the water, and is not propelled by oars, paddles, or motors. (4-6-05). Not sure which new pontoon boat you are referring to, but if the operator isn't in the ...
6/4/13
A: Yes, we do allow the use of game fish for cut bait when fishing for sturgeon. F08
6/3/13
A: The most current Chinook salmon season information is posted on our website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.  Please check this information for the answer for your question about what is open or call the Salmon Hotline (Toll Free): 1-855-287-2702 for information.  
6/2/13
A: In a permitted private pond, the landowner sets the rules and bag limits. If you're leaving a private ponds with more than the legal bag limit from a public water, make sure you have a receipt for the fish in your possession - in the event an officer checks you while in transit. F08
6/1/13
A: The only exception to the requirement of having a "2-pole" permit for using an additional rod is on Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho.  On that lake you can use an unlimited number of rods while fishing from a boat, without a "2-pole" permit.
6/1/13
A: You can keep 6 rainbow trout from Lightening Creek but none of those can be cutthroat trout.  That is from Memorial Day weekend to December 1.  After December 1, there is a catch-and-release season.  There is no limit on lake trout in the Lightening Creek system.  You can also keep 6 kokanee.  ...
5/31/13
A: Please check the News Releases on our Website for the latest information.  The link is https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/?getPage=179.   The most recent information, posted on May 29, 2013 is Salmon fishing to close on part of the lower salmon river Fishing for adult Chinook salmon in ...
5/29/13
A: You can bowfish in any body of water as long as it is open to fishing.  Only nongame fish can be taken using a bow.  You must have a fishing license.
5/28/13
A: Muskie have been found in Cascade Reservoir and Little Payette Lake.  Pike are generally found in Idaho's big Panhandle lakes.
5/28/13
A: There aren't any sturgeon in Lucky Peak.
5/28/13
A: A fishing license is required for anglers 14 and older. A hunting license is available for youth at 10 years old (they can hunt for varmints, turkeys, small game and waterfowl).  At 12 a hunter can hunt for big game.  They must be able to provide that they have passed hunter education.
5/27/13
A: It is June 8, 2013.
5/26/13
A: May 22, 2013 Idfg closes clearwater from railroad bridge to cherrylane; other sections stay open for jacks   On Tuesday, May 21, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed the lower Clearwater River from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge in Lewiston to the Cherrylane Bridge to all salmon ...
5/22/13
A: RESIDENTS ONLY - License buyer must present to vendor a letter from SSI, SSDI, or Railroad Retirement board showing person is currently disabled and economically disadvantaged or a signed and completed Certification of Permanent Disability [PDF, 244 KB] form. IDAPA Rule [PDF, 36 KB].
5/22/13
A: Any Idaho vendor can issue a duplicate license.
5/21/13
A: Whenever the body of water is open where you are fishing.  If it is closed, you cannot catch crayfish.
5/16/13
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 fish needs to be weighed on a state certified scale.  These ...
5/14/13
A: There is good Northern Pike Fishing in the big Idaho Panhandle lakes.  A record pike was caught in Lower Twin Lake in 2010.
5/11/13
A: Idaho residents who have lived here at least 5 years can get a senior license beginning on their 65th birthday. 
5/10/13
A: You must get a duplicate of your fishing license to continue fishing.  All vendors can issue a duplicate.
5/9/13
A: The good news is that we just opened a Chinook salmon season.  Here are the details: chinook salmon season opens saturday, may 4 The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Tuesday, April 30, approved a spring Chinook salmon fishing season to start Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and ...
5/8/13
A: 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 ...
5/8/13
A: If the 7 year old is not an Idaho resident, they must fish with someone who has an Idaho fishing license. If the child wants to keep their fish, it becomes part of the license holder's catch.   Idaho resident children can fish even if they are with someone who doesn't have a license.  They can ...
5/7/13
A: Conservation officers work in Idaho's mountains and high deserts, on wild rivers and pristine lakes. ;They travel through this beautiful country on snow machines, horses, jet boats and 4x4 vehicles. This is not an 8 to 5 job, it’s one that allows you to adjust your schedule so you can make your ...
5/7/13