Nonresident Fishing License in Idaho: Cost and Details

Fishing is a popular recreational activity in Idaho, known for its pristine rivers, lakes, and reservoirs teeming with trout, bass, salmon, and steelhead. For nonresidents looking to cast a line in Idaho’s waters, a fishing license is required by law for those 14 years of age or older.

This article provides key details on Idaho nonresident fishing license regulations, costs, purchasing options, and restrictions for 2024.

License Costs

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game offers both annual and short-term nonresident fishing licenses:

  • Annual license: $108
    • 3-year license: $320.50
  • Daily license:
    • $22.75 first day
    • $7 each consecutive day
  • 3-day salmon/steelhead license: $44.75

Additional permits may be required for fishing salmon/steelhead specifically or for two-pole fishing.

Purchase Options

Nonresident Idaho fishing licenses can be purchased:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • Through license vendors
  • At regional IDFG offices

There is often an additional processing fee for phone and online purchases.

Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Youth under 14 must fish with licensed adult or purchase own license
  • License year valid from calendar year date of purchase
  • Limits may change if fishing multiple states in one trip

Certain regulations, seasons, and limits vary for nonresidents so be sure to review current fishing rules before visiting Idaho.


A complete breakdown of all nonresident fishing license options, latest pricing, purchasing methods, and restrictions can be found on the Idaho Fish and Game website. With the proper license in hand, nonresidents can legally experience world-class fishing across Idaho.

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