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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 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: 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: The next Free Fishing Day in Idaho is June 8, 2013......
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:   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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes, except in no-bait fishing waters (only flies or lures can be used in no-bait waters). 
1/20/13
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: 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: Contact IDFG Headquarters (208-334-3700).  They can put you in touch with the License Department; they have those records.
1/16/13
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Yes, but you can only use multiple, single-point hooks  (NO treble hooks) that are barbless (or barbs bent down).   
11/1/12
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: 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: This list includes fish species found to be present in this water during fish surveys. This may not be a complete list of species present in this water. Some species listed here may only be present in small quantities or seasonally. Black Crappie ,  Brown Bullhead ,  Brown Trout ,  Bull Trout ,  ...
10/26/12
A: You have to obtain an Idaho fishing license to fish in Idaho.  The 2 state's licenses are not interchangeable.
10/22/12
A:   Idaho Code Section 36-1601(b) says that: Navigable rivers, sloughs or streams within the meander lines or, when not meandered, between the flow lines of ordinary high water thereof, and all rivers, sloughs and streams flowing through any public lands of the state shall be open to public use as a ...
10/17/12
A: According to IDPA rules, “you can not use live bait” so, it would be illegal to use live mice as bait.  Dead “pinkies” would probably work just as well for bass.
10/11/12
A: An Idaho fishing license is valid by calendar year - January 1 through December 31.  
10/11/12
A: There is a Disabled Combination license, which includes a hunting and fishing license, but not tags.  Anyone certified as eligible for federal supplemental income (SSI), social security disability income (SSDI), railroad retirement board disability, a nonservice-connect veteran's pension, or a ...
10/10/12
A: According to our records, you had your fishing license cancelled and a disabled combo issued along with a 2-pole permit yesterday.  However, you have not purchased any tags. If you intend to hunt for deer you will need to purchase a tag at any license vendor or Fish and Game office.
10/9/12
A: No.  While resident children under 14 can fish without a license, they must purchase a two-pole permit to fish with two poles.  Resident children under 14 can purchase a two-pole permit without a fishing license. 
10/9/12
A: No.  It is illegal to fish in any waters of Idaho by archery, spearfishing, snagging, hands, and netting except as permitted. Archery and spearfishing is permitted only in the taking of bullfrogs and unprotected nongame fish and only in those waters during the season set for the taking of game ...
10/9/12
A: Only barbless hooks with a maximum 5/8 inch gap between shank and point may be used when fishing for steelhead in the Salmon and main Cleawater river, and the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam.  Bending the barb(s) down to the shank of a single, double, or treble hook will meet this requirement. ...
10/9/12
A: Yes.  Anyone 14 or older is required to have a fishing license In Idaho.  Since a non-US Citizen will not have a Social Security Number, they will have to present their passport.
10/6/12
A: Please contact the Clearwater Region office. Their phone number is 208-799-5010. They will have the latest information.
10/2/12