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 http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
The new fishing rules will be in effect for three years, beginning January 1, 2016 through December 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 these changes include:
- Lake Pend Oreille - The Rainbow Trout daily bag limit will be reduced from 6 to 2; only 1 over 20 inches.
- Clark Fork River - Trout limit is 0 from December 1 - Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Removed the 6 Kokanee bag limit, which reverts it to the regional bag limit of 15 Kokanee.
- Clark Fork River tributaries and Pack River and tributaries - No bait will be allowed during the existing catch-and-release season which is December 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
- Spirit Lake - The Kokanee daily bag limit will be raised from 15 to 25 fish.
- Hayden Lake - Minimum length on largemouth bass that can be harvested will increase from 16 inches to 20 inches.
- Mann Lake - Daily bag limit on bass will change from general (6) to 2 bass; none under 16 inches.
- Deyo Reservoir- Daily bag limit on bass will change from general (6) to 2 bass; none under 16 inches.