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Can ice fishing lead to an expensive ticket in Idaho?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | License Violations

Hunting and fishing are popular outdoor activities in Idaho. People of all ages and backgrounds may enjoy the competitive aspects of fishing, in particular, or they may rely on it as a means of supporting themselves and their dependents.

Most people must obtain a license to fish in Idaho. The average person spending a Saturday out on a lake or standing in a river fly fishing has a license, even if they only fish occasionally. Ice fishing is a bit different from fishing during warmer seasons. Individuals typically require larger amounts of time because of the prep work required. They will also need special equipment to drill through the ice and keep themselves warm.

Ice fishing can be an adventure, or it may simply be a practical choice for someone who relies on the fish they catch as a main source of nutrition. Does ice fishing require a license in Idaho?

Fishing at any time requires a license

Unless the person fishing is under the age of 14 or a Native American whose tribe has a treaty permitting certain fishing activities in Idaho, they will need a fishing license issued by Idaho state. While they don’t need a special permit for ice fishing specifically, they do need a valid Idaho fishing license.

The cost of an Idaho fishing license is $30.50 for one adult for a year, although there are discounted prices for veterans, those with disabilities and minors over the age of $14. A lifetime license for fishing costs $841.75 for adults until they reach the age of 51. At that point, the cost drops to $481.75, at least as of the end of 2023.

The state can bring criminal charges against the person fishing without a license, even if they didn’t catch any fish. A misdemeanor offense related to fishing without a license could lead to up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail. Someone who pleads guilty or gets convicted could lose their right to secure a fishing license for the next three years in some cases. Understanding the risks of non-compliance may help people see the value in investing in an annual fishing license or possibly even a lifetime license.

Ultimately, those accused of a licensing-related fishing infraction may benefit from seeking legal support so that they can defend against pending charges and minimize the impact a mistake or oversight could have on their finances and reputation.