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Idaho Fishing Guide: Rules, gear and where to find the best spots

New to fishing in Idaho? This guide aims to provide you with the information you need to get started.

Tyson Miller


Published: 2:34 PM MST March 11, 2021
Updated: 8:01 PM MDT March 25, 2021

With more than 26,000 miles of streams and rivers, 3,000 natural lakes and hundreds of thousands of acres of ponds and reservoirs, there is no shortage of opportunities in Idaho for prospective anglers.

The Gem State has seen increasing numbers of anglers for the past two decades. In 2020, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported a 10-year high in fishing license sales, a 15% increase from the year before.

"Idaho is very fortunate in that we are predominately a very rural state," said Martin Koenig, IDFG's sport fishing coordinator. "We have a lot of public resources, public land. We have good fishing and it's easily accessible."

But if you're just getting into fishing, it can be somewhat overwhelming as you try to figure out what kind of gear you'll need, whether you need a license, and where to find the best fishing spots.

This guide seeks to provide that information - along with links to helpful resources - you'll need to get started fishing in Idaho.

To fish in Idaho you need:

  • To know the rules and regulations
  • A fishing license
  • Proper gear
  • A place to go

Tip: Click on the chapters above to jump to different sections of the guide.

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