As of Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Idaho’s fishing seasons and rules books for 2016-2018 have been sent to the printer and are expected to be available at license vendors this week.
Meanwhile the rules are available online at fishandgame.idaho.gov.
The new fishing rules will be in effect for three years, beginning Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2018.
Statewide changes include a new possession limit, which will be three times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season. Currently, the possession limit is equal to the bag limit.
Free Fishing Day will be on June 11, 2016; June 10, 2017 and June 9, 2018. These dates are the Saturday after the first full week in June and correspond with national outdoor recognition events.
Other changes to rules will apply to specific bodies of water including:
• Mann Lake - Daily bag limit on bass will change from general six to two bass; none under 16 inches.
• Deyo Reservoir- Daily bag limit on bass will change from general six to two bass; none under 16 inches.
• Spring Valley Reservoir - Daily bag limit on bass will change from general six to two bass; none under 16 inches.
• Dworshak Reservoir - From Grandad Bridge upstream to end-of-flat-water; bait will now be allowed year-around.
• Clearwater River, South Fork - Rainbow Trout limit will change from six adipose fin-clipped fish to a daily bag limit of two Rainbow Trout with or without an adipose fin.
• Palouse River and tributaries - Daily bag limit for trout will be reduced from six to two.
• Clearwater River, North Fork - Steelhead season; eliminate the July 1 catch-and-release season and open a harvest season for steelhead from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
Angler involvement and opinions are a critical component of managing Idaho's fisheries. The fishing rule changes for the next three years were based on biological information collected by fisheries biologists, and public input provided from angler opinion surveys and public meetings held statewide over the last year where angler input was collected on proposed regional and statewide changes.
Details about changes in other regions are online at IDFG’s website, fishandgame.idaho.gov.