Benewah County Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


County Exceptions

Gray partridge

License:
Youth Hunting License
Bag Limit:
8
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Possession Limit:
24

Pheasant

License:
Hunting license and a Wildlife Management Area Upland Game Bird Permit
Bag Limit:
3 cocks
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Possession Limit:
9 cocks

License:
Youth Hunting License
Bag Limit:
3 cocks
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Possession Limit:
9 cocks
Method:
Youth Hunt Only
Special:
All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. One adult may accompany more than one youth hunter

Ruffed grouse

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting license
Bag Limit:
4 in the aggregate
Possession Limit:
12 in the aggregate
Method:
Specific Closures see special
Special:
Upland Game Bird Forest Grouse: Dusky (Blue), Ruffed, and Spruce except for those portions in management units 8, 8A, 10, and 10A.

Sharp-tailed grouse

Dates:
Closed All Year
Special:
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is surveying the state for mountain quail. This bird was once common in the western part of Idaho but now exists only in small scattered populations. We need your help in determining the status and distribution of these birds. Please report any sighting you make as soon as possible to your nearest Fish & Game office. What to Look For: Long straight head plume Chestnut throat (not black like California quail)Vertical white bars on sides Most common on brushy mountain slopes or in brushy forest

Spruce grouse

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting license
Bag Limit:
4 in the aggregate
Possession Limit:
12 in the aggregate
Method:
Specific Closures see special
Special:
Upland Game Bird Forest Grouse: Dusky (Blue), Ruffed, and Spruce except for those portions in management units 8, 8A, 10, and 10A.

Blue grouse

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting license
Bag Limit:
4 in the aggregate
Possession Limit:
12 in the aggregate
Method:
Specific Closures see special
Special:
Upland Game Bird Forest Grouse: Dusky (Blue), Ruffed, and Spruce except for those portions in management units 8, 8A, 10, and 10A.

Bobwhite quail

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting license
Bag Limit:
10 in the aggregate
Possession Limit:
30 in the aggregate
Special:
Upland Game Bird California Quail and Bobwhite Quail

California quail

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting license
Bag Limit:
10 in the aggregate
Possession Limit:
30 in the aggregate
Special:
Upland Game Bird California Quail and Bobwhite Quail

Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Lake Fork drainage)
Size:
none under 20 inches

Chukar

License:
Youth Hunting License
Bag Limit:
8
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Possession Limit:
24

Dusky grouse

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting license
Bag Limit:
4 in the aggregate
Possession Limit:
12 in the aggregate
Method:
Specific Closures see special
Special:
Upland Game Bird Forest Grouse: Dusky (Blue), Ruffed, and Spruce except for those portions in management units 8, 8A, 10, and 10A.

No bait allowed, barbless hooks required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Lake Fork drainage)

Region Exceptions

Muskrat

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Sand roller

Method:
Closed to harvest
Dates:
All year
License:
Required

Tiger muskie

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none under 40 inches

Largemouth bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, both species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none under 12 inches

Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(lower) from the mouth upstream to Lucky Peak Dam Section: From the downstream side of the East Parkcenter Bridge to the upstream side of the West Parkcenter Bridge
Size:
none under 14 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
no bait allowed
Size:
none under 14 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(an alpine lake in North Fork Payette drainage)
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Secesh River drainage)
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(an alpine lake south of Warm Lake)
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Boulder Creek drainage)
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Section: From Smylie Bridge (Hartsell) to Payette Lake

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Includes Tributaries Except the Middle Fork Payette Drainage

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Includes Tributaries tributary to the Little Salmon River

Dates:
June 16 through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept
Size:
any size may be kept

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Section: Those tributaries from the mouth of the Salmon River upstream to the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River (except Crooked Creek, Little Salmon River, and South Fork Salmon River)

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Section: Those tributaries from the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River upstream (except: North Fork Salmon River, Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, East Fork Salmon River, and Yankee Fork Salmon River)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries (includes: Johnson Creek, East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Secesh River, Lake Creek, Summit Creek and tributaries)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Hazard Creek drainage)
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
(Glory hole)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
An alpine lake near Warm Lake
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries (includes: Johnson Creek, East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Secesh River, Lake Creek, Summit Creek and tributaries)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries (includes: Johnson Creek, East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Secesh River, Lake Creek, Summit Creek and tributaries)

Marten

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, both species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none under 12 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none between 12 and 16 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
Watercraft Restrictions
Special:
Electric motors only
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
July 1 through December 31
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none between 12 and 16 inches

Dates:
January 1 to June 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none under 20 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
any size may be kept

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(between Brownlee Dam and Oxbow Dam)
Size:
none between 12 and 16 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
any size may be kept

Bull trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
No bull trout harvest is allowed

All other fish species

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
No limit

Arctic graylings

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Kokanee salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Section: From Payette Lake upstream, including tributaries

Brown trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Cutthroat trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Rainbow trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Protected nongame fish

Method:
Closed to harvest
Dates:
All year
License:
Required

Whitefish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted, if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when

Bobcat

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Crayfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
No limit

Mink

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Smallmouth bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, both species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none under 12 inches

Trout hybrids

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Brook trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed

Bullfrog

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
No limit

Coho salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Included in trout bag limit Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Sturgeon

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required
Special:
Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing

Pacific lamprey

Method:
Closed to harvest
Dates:
All year
License:
Required

Lake trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Beaver

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Golden trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Ocean-going

License:
Required
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Defined as rainbow trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes) Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water
Size:
over 20 inches

Species:
Salmon
Special:
(ocean-going) Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are issued in a separate brochure Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
License:
Required

Land-locked

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Species:
Chinook salmon
Special:
Included in trout bag limit Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

No bait allowed

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Closed to all fishing

Dates:
All year
License:
Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required

Dates:
December 1 through June 15
License:
Required

No bait allowed, barbless hooks required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(an alpine lake in North Fork Payette drainage)

License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Secesh River drainage)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(an alpine lake south of Warm Lake)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Boulder Creek drainage)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
includes tributaries (includes: Johnson Creek, East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Secesh River, Lake Creek, Summit Creek and tributaries)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
includes tributaries (includes: Johnson Creek, East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Secesh River, Lake Creek, Summit Creek and tributaries)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
includes tributaries (includes: Johnson Creek, East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Secesh River, Lake Creek, Summit Creek and tributaries)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(an alpine lake in the Hazard Creek drainage)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
(Glory hole)

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
An alpine lake near Warm Lake

Watercraft restrictions

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Electric motors only

Catch and release only, no bait allowed, barbless hooks required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
0 for all species
Possession Limit:
0 for all species
Special:
Section: The Trophy Pond

Required

Dates:
All year
Special:
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
Special:
contact the Duck Valley Indian Tribal Office

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Section: North and South Pond

Hunting license

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Southwest Region: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Southwest Region: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Southwest Region: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Southwest Region: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.

Activities Available

Furbearer Hunting
Game Bird Hunting
Fresh Water Fishing
Small Game Hunting
Turkey Hunting
Big Game Hunting
Rabbit Hunting

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Catch And Release
Watercraft
Archery And Spear Fishing
Fishing Shelter
Artificial Fly
Unlawful
No Bait Allowed, Barbless Hooks Required
Closed To All Fishing
Identification
Prohibited,the Use Or Aid Of Any Electronic Call
Closed
Closed To Harvest
Catch And Release Only, No Bait Allowed, Barbless Hooks Required
Trapping
Prohibited: From Any Watercraft.
Catch And Release Only, Only Single-pointed Barbless Hooks Are Allowed
Watercraft Restrictions
Catch-and-Release Fishing
Hands, Use Of For Fishing
Attendance Of Fishing Gear
Snagging
Prohibited, Trap, Snare, Net, Crossbow, Slingshot, Handheld Or Thrown Missiles, Firearms Except A Shotgun Using Shells Not Exceeding 3 ½ Inches Maximum Length, Except Forest Grouse.
Prohibited
Artificial Lure
Catch And Release Only
Contest/Tournament Fishing
Chumming, Illegal
Other Set Trap
No Bait Allowed
Specific Closures See Special
Molesting Fish
Trapping Or Seining
Ground Set Trap
Prohibited, Unlawful
Water Set Trap
Fly-Fishing
Prohibited: The Use Or Aid Of Any Electronic Call
Only Single-pointed Barbless Hooks Are Allowed
Bait, Prohibited
Illegal Fishing Methods
Gaff Hook
Prohibited From Any Watercraft.
Special Closures See Special
Trapping Prohibitions
Prohibited, With A Trap, Snare, Net, Crossbow, Slingshot, Handheld Or Thrown Missiles, Firearms Except A Shotgun Using Shells Not Exceeding 3 ½ Inches Maximum Length, Except Forest Grouse
Bait
Identification Requirements
Maggot
Youth Hunt Only
Prohibited: Forest Grouse Shall Not Be Taken With A Trap, Snare, Net Or Crossbow. See Special For Excetpions
Closed To Fishing
Prohibited, Trap, Snare, Net, Or Shotgun Using Shotgun Shells Exceeding 3 1/2 Inches In Length
Catch And Release Only, Barbless Hooks And Sliding Sinkers Are Required
Hook
Fishing
Ice Fishing
Bait Fishing
Prohibited: The Aid Of Baiting.

State-wide Species Available

All Other Fish Species
Arctic Graylings
Bass
Beaver
Black Crappie
Blueback Salmon
Bluegill
Blue Grouse
Bobcat
Bobwhite Quail
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullfrog
Bullhead
Bull Trout
California Quail
Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Chiselmouth
Chukar
Coho Salmon
Cottontail Rabbit
Crayfish
Cutthroat Trout
Dusky Grouse
Gambel's Quail
Golden Trout
Gray Partridge
Kokanee Salmon
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Lynx
Mackinaw Trout
Marten
Mink
Minnows
Mountain Quail
Mountain Whitefish
Mule Deer
Muskrat
Northern Bobwhite Quail
Northern Pike
Northern Pikeminnow
Northern Squawfish
Otter
Pacific Lamprey
Pheasant
Protected Nongame Fish
Pygmy Rabbit
Rainbow Trout
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Sage-grouse
Sage Grouse
Salmon
Sand Roller
Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Smallmouth Bass
Sockeye Salmon
Spruce Grouse
Steelhead
Sturgeon
Tiger Muskie
Trout
Trout Hybrids
Utah Chub
Walleye
White-Tailed Deer
White Crappie
Whitefish
White Sturgeon
Yellow Perch

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.