Recent Changes to Seasons and Rules

Season, rule, and law changes

On this page you will find significant changes to seasons or rules in Idaho that are not listed in the printed rules brochures.

Season and Rule Changes

Fishing Seasons & Rules

Species
Summary & Info
Chinook

Chinook seasons for the Upper Salmon River have closed

Chinook Seasons and Rules
Press Release (Closure)
Press Release (Opener) (6/16)
Last updated: 7/15/2020
Chinook

Chinook seasons and rules were amended for Lower Salmon, Little Salmon Rivers

Modifications have expired.
Chinook Seasons and Rules
Press Release (6/17)
Press Release (6/10)
Press Release (5/14)
Last updated: 6/17/2020
Chinook

Chinook seasons closure for Clearwater River basin effective May 14

Season has ended
Press Release
Chinook Seasons and Rules
Last updated: 5/13/2020
Steelhead

Steelhead seasons and rules in the 2019-2021 printed brochure were modified

Modifications have expired.
Press Release
Steelhead Seasons and Rules
Last updated: 3/12/2020

Hunting Seasons & Rules

Species
Summary & Info
Turkey

Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a rule allowing youth hunters who 8 or 9 years old and hold a Hunting Passport can purchase general turkey tags.

Press Release
Hunter Passport
Last updated: 3/31/2020
Elk

Idaho Fish and Game Commission established a five-day waiting period to purchase capped elk zone tags for any resident who applies for a controlled elk hunt regardless of whether the person draws the controlled hunt tag.

Press Release
Last updated: 3/20/2020
Wolf

Idaho Fish and Game Commission extends wolf hunting and trapping seasons

Press Release
Last updated: 2/20/2020
Wolf

Wolf hunter harvest limits were amended statewide to a maximum of 15 hunting and 15 trapping tags.

Press Release
Last updated: 1/27/2020
Wolf

Wolf hunting seasons were amended in Units 50 & 51 for the 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Wolf Hunting Seasons.

Reminder Press Release
Original Press Release
Last updated: 12/27/2019
Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion quotas have been reached and some units are closed. See the quota page for the most recent updates.

Mountain Lion Quotas
Last updated: 12/18/2019
River Otter

River Otter quotas have been reached and some units are closed. See the quota page for the most recent updates.

River Otter Quotas
Last updated: 01/28/2020

Temporary Rules

Applies to
Summary & Info
Nonresidents

The Commission rescinded the temporary rule to suspend nonresident licenses, permits, and tags will resume May 16 at 10 am.

Press Release 5/14
Original Press Release 4/4
Rescinded Temporary Rule PDF
Last updated: 5/14/2020
Notice: Seasons and rules may change. It is your responsibility to be aware of any changes made since these rules books were printed.

The Rules Brochures

Online rules brochures are created in PDF file format. They are produced to keep the online display as close as possible to the printed version. This page is intended to show significant changes or corrections to the printed rules brochures.

Seasons and Rules

To view Idaho Fish and Game administrative rules and code, visit the Office of Administrative Rules on the Idaho Department of Administration website.