Idaho Fishing License 2024: Requirements, Fees & How to Get Yours

Are you planning to fish in Idaho in 2024? Whether you’re a resident or visitor, a fishing license is required for anyone 14 years or older to fish legally in the state’s waters. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Idaho fishing license requirements, fees, and how to obtain yours for the 2024 season.

Who Needs an Idaho Fishing License?

Any person 14 years or older must have a valid Idaho fishing license to fish for fish, bullfrogs, or crayfish in Idaho waters. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Resident children under 14 do not need a license and have their own limit.
  • Non-resident children under 14 must be accompanied by a license holder. Their catch is included in the license holder’s limit unless they have their own license.

Types of Idaho Fishing Licenses

Idaho offers several types of fishing licenses to cater to the needs of both resident and non-resident anglers.

Resident License Options

  • Annual Adult: $30.50 ($25.75 with Price Lock)
  • Three-Year Adult: $73.75
  • Daily Permit: $13.50 per day ($11.50 with Price Lock)
  • Junior (14-17): $16 ($13.75 with Price Lock)
  • Three-Year Junior: $37.75
  • Military Furlough: $20.50 ($17.50 with Price Lock)
  • Disabled Veteran: $5.75 ($5 with Price Lock)
  • Disabled Person: $5.75 ($5 with Price Lock)

Non-Resident License Options

  • Annual Adult: $108
  • Three-Year Adult: $320.50
  • Daily Permit: $22.75 (additional days can be added for $7 each)
  • Junior (14-17): $23.75 annually or $67.75 for three years
  • Salmon and Steelhead 3-Day: $44.75

How to Purchase Your Idaho Fishing License

You can buy your Idaho fishing license through several convenient methods[1][2][3]:

  1. Online at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website
  2. By phone at (800) 554-8685
  3. In-person at any Idaho Fish and Game office or license vendor

Note that additional processing fees may apply for online and phone purchases.

Special Permits and When You Need Them

In addition to a fishing license, some waters and species require special permits[1][2]. These include:

  • Two-Pole Permit: Allows anglers to fish with two poles in certain waters.
  • Salmon and Steelhead Permit: Required for fishing for salmon and steelhead.
  • Sturgeon Permit: Needed for fishing for sturgeon in designated waters.

Check the Idaho Fishing Seasons & Rules booklet for specific permit requirements for the waters you plan to fish.

Idaho Fishing Regulations You Should Know

To ensure a successful and legal fishing experience in Idaho, familiarize yourself with the state’s fishing regulations[1][2]. Some key rules to keep in mind:

  • Barbless hooks may be required for certain species and waters.
  • Anglers are limited to one pole unless they have a two-pole permit.
  • You must have your license with you while fishing, either printed or digital.
  • Be aware of season closures and special regulations for specific waters and species.

For the most up-to-date and detailed regulations, always refer to the official Idaho Fishing Seasons & Rules booklet, available on the Idaho Fish and Game website.

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Idaho Fishing

By obtaining the proper licenses and permits and following Idaho’s fishing regulations, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the state’s fantastic fishing opportunities in 2024. Whether you’re after trout, bass, salmon, or steelhead, Idaho’s diverse waters have something to offer every angler. So gear up, get licensed, and get ready for an unforgettable fishing adventure in the Gem State!

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