Current through August 30, 2021

01. Artificial Fly. Any fly made entirely of rubber, wood, metal, glass, feather, fiber, or plastic by the method known as fly tying. (7-1-21)T
02. Artificial Lure. Any device made entirely of rubber, wood, metal, glass, feather, fiber, or plastic with hook or hooks attached. (7-1-21)T
03. Bag Limit. The maximum number of fish that may be lawfully taken by any one (1) person in one (1) day, construed in accordance with Sections 36-202 and 36-410, Idaho Code. (7-1-21)T
04. Bait. Organic substances, other than rubber, wood, feather, fiber, or plastic, attached to a hook to attract fish. Bait includes insects, insect larvae, worms, dead fish, fish parts, any other animal or vegetable matter, or scented synthetic materials. (7-1-21)T
05. Barbless Hook. A fish hook without barbs or on which all barbs have been bent completely closed. (7-1-21)T
06. Catch-and-Release. Effort, by permitted methods, to catch fish, provided that any fish so caught is released immediately back to the water. (7-1-21)T
07. Confluence of a Stream or River. The point where two (2) rivers or streams come together. (7-1-21)T
08. Diversion. A man-made structure designed to change the direction of flowing water in a stream. (7-1-21)T
09. Diversion Pond. A man-made pond holding water taken from a stream or reservoir, which pond may be connected to the stream or reservoir by an open ditch or pipe. (7-1-21)T
10. Drainage. All water flowing into a common river or stream system, either above or below ground, due to area geography. (7-1-21)T
11. Electric Motors Only. For fishing waters listed in proclamation as "electric motors only," no gas (internal combustion) motors may be used, although they may be attached to the boat. (7-1-21)T
12. Fish Trap. Any man-made structure designed to capture fish. (7-1-21)T
13. Fish Weir. Any man-made structure placed in a water body to delay or divert migrating fish. (7-1-21)T
14. Flat Water. Water where there is no observable direction of flow. (7-1-21)T
15. Float Tube. A floating device that suspends a single occupant, from the seat down, in the water, and is not propelled by oars, paddles, or motors. (7-1-21)T
16. Fly Fishing. Fishing with a fly rod, fly reel, fly line, and artificial fly. (7-1-21)T
17. General Fishing Season. The season and bag limits as determined by proclamation on a Regional basis. (7-1-21)T
18. Harvest. Reduce a fish to possession. (7-1-21)T
19. Hook. A bent wire device, for the catching of fish, to which one (1), two (2), or three (3) points may be attached to a single shank. Up to five (5) hooks per line may be used, except where specifically identified. (7-1-21)T
20. Ice Fishing. Fishing through an opening broken or cut through the ice. (7-1-21)T
21. Length. The length between the tip of the nose or jaw and the tip of the tail fin. (7-1-21)T
22. Limit is 0 (Zero). Fishing is allowed, provided the fish is released after landing and not reduced to possession. (7-1-21)T
23. Motor. Includes electric and internal combustion motors. (7-1-21)T
24. Mouth of River or Stream. The place where a river or stream enters a larger body of water. (7-1-21)T
25. No Motors. For fishing waters listed in proclamation as "no motors," no person may fish from a boat with a motor attached. (7-1-21)T
26. Possession Limit. As defined in Section 36-202, Idaho Code. (7-1-21)T
27. Reservoir. The flat water level existing at any time within a reservoir basin. Unless noted otherwise, a stream flowing through the drawdown portion of a reservoir is not considered part of the reservoir. (7-1-21)T
28. Season Limit. The maximum number of fish that may be lawfully harvested in any declared season. (7-1-21)T
29. Section. An area of a river, stream, or reservoir between specific boundary locations. (7-1-21)T
30. Single-Point Hook. A bent wire device, for catching fish, with one (1) shank and one (1) point. (7-1-21)T
31. Sliding Sinker. A method of attaching a sinker to a device that slides freely on the main line. (7-1-21)T
32. Snagging. Taking or attempting to take a fish by use of a hook or lure in any manner or method other than enticing or attracting a fish to strike with, and become hooked in, its mouth or jaw. (7-1-21)T
33. Special Rule Waters. Any water with a gear, season, or bag limit rule that is listed in proclamation and different from the general fishing season. (7-1-21)T
34. Tributary. A stream flowing into a larger stream or lake. (7-1-21)T
35. Unattended Line. A line not under the immediate surveillance by the angler. (7-1-21)T
36. Upstream. Moving from a lower elevation towards a higher elevation point in the same stream. (7-1-21)T
37. Watercraft. Those devices designed as a means of transportation on water. (7-1-21)T


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