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Idaho anglers need new fishing license Jan. 1

Fighting a fever. “Cabin fever got the best of me,” Fred Estes, of Post Falls, said after trying out his new swamp-skipping mucklucker fishing lure on a partially frozen Fernan Lake with his dog Hannah in Coeur d’Alene on Monday. (Kathy Plonka)
Fighting a fever. “Cabin fever got the best of me,” Fred Estes, of Post Falls, said after trying out his new swamp-skipping mucklucker fishing lure on a partially frozen Fernan Lake with his dog Hannah in Coeur d’Alene on Monday. (Kathy Plonka)

Ask Idaho Fish and Game: New Fishing License

Q.      I just purchased a 2013 Idaho fishing license; can I use it to fish to the end of 2012?

A.      No. To fish in December 2012, you must have a valid 2012 fishing license. The 2013 license is not valid until January 1.

But a resident 2012 season fishing license is still available for $25.75. A resident can buy a one-day license for $11.50 plus $5 for each additional day when purchased at the same time. But a one-day license holder can't buy a salmon or steelhead permit. Resident anglers must first buy a full season fishing license to buy a salmon or steelhead permit for $12.75.

A nonresident daily fishing license is available for $12.75 for the first day and $6 for each additional day, or a three-day license and permit for steelhead is available for $37.50.

See more information on Idaho fishing rules.

  • WASHINGTON's license year begins April 1.



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