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Idaho Fish and Game

Lowman fishing pond

Learn to Fish

New to fishing? Find basic tips, places to go, events, and more to get you started.

New to fishing?

Looking for an easy way to access fishing spots? Check the links below for information on what you need to get started and where to go fishing.

Fishing Events

Idaho Fish and Game also holds several events that offer hands-on help to get started fishing.

School events: For schools looking to put on a fishing event, Idaho Fish and Game offers an Educational Fishing Permit form [PDF, 20 kb]. Complete the form and take it to your local Fish and Game office for approval. One current fishing license holder is required for the permit to be valid.

Licenses, Permits, and Seasons and Rules

  • If a child lives in Idaho and is under 14-years of age, they do not need a fishing license.
  • If you are visiting Idaho with your family, a child who is younger than 14 does not need a license, if they are fishing with an adult who has a valid Idaho fishing license. A nonresident child’s catch counts toward the licensed adult’s limit.
  • Fishing Licenses and Permits
  • Fishing Seasons and Rules

Licenses & Permits

Alex with his first fish / Photo by Brenda Beckley