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Sunday Series 50 States of Fishing: Volume 3 – Idaho to Iowa

50 States of Fishing:  Volume 3

Idaho to Iowa

By Debbie Kay

In honor of the impending holidays, Angler’s Club Magazine has put together a brief list of fishing information to help you get started planning your fishing vacations next year.  Here is a quick look at fifty states worth of what to catch and where to get started:

Idaho

Season:  spring to fall for trout and salmonids; lake fishing year-round if you include ice fishing.

Best Known For:  excellent cool, clear mountain streams that are perfect for fly fishing.  Trout, salmon and salmonids like steelhead, large cold water lake fish like pike and walleye, as well as crappie, large and smallmouth bass.

Fishing License Agency:  Idaho Fish and Game.

Link to online license purchase:  https://id.outdoorcentral.us/

Cost of a Visitor’s License:  you can buy a 3-day salmon/steelhead permit for $37.50.  This includes a general fishing permit during the three days.  Multiples can be bought.  You can also buy a general daily that excludes salmon and steelhead for $12.50, and $6 dollars for each additional consecutive day.  An annual general license costs $98.25, and if this is a favorite fishing location, you can save on annual license bumps with a 3-year for $291 dollars.  Discounts are available for both active military and disabled veterans.

Illinois

Season:  spring thru fall for open water fishing, winter for ice fishing.

Best Known For: Great Lakes fishing (leaving from Chicago), lake fishing for bass, sunfish, crappies, etc., walleye and pike in larger water bodies, and some stocked salmon in lakes, especially Lake Michigan.  Trout fishing in many cool water streams, large warm streams have large fish like suckers and catfish as well.

Fishing License Agency:  Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Link to online license purchase:  https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/license.php?action=custlkup

Cost of a Visitor’s License:  $31.50 for an annual license, $15.50 for a three day, and $10.50 for a single day’s license.

Indiana

Season:  spring thru fall for open water fishing, winter for ice fishing.

Best Known For: Great Lakes fishing, lake fishing for bass, sunfish, crappies, etc, walleye and pike in larger water bodies, and some stocked salmon and steelhead in lakes, especially Lake Michigan.  Trout fishing in many cool water streams, large warm streams have large fish like suckers and catfish as well.  This is especially true on the Ohio river at the Southern border.

Fishing License Agency:  Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Link to online license purchase:  http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/dnr-license/

Cost of a Visitor’s License:  $35 dollars for an annual permit with an additional $11 dollar trout/salmon permit.  You can get a 7 day permit for $20 dollars, but still need to pay the $11 dollars salmon fee if that’s what you’re after.  A one day pass sells for $9 dollars and includes fishing informationsalmon/trout privileges.

Note:  Indiana will require your social security number before issuing a license.  There is a rule in this state that denies anyone owing back child support the opportunity to gain a license, and revokes their hunting or fishing license if they become behind in child support payments.

Iowa

Season:  spring thru fall for open water fishing, winter for ice fishing.

Best Known For:  river and lake fishing.  Iowa is bordered to the East by the mighty Mississippi, which offers a bountiful supply of large river fish.  Lakes offer stocked and natural bass, sunfish, crappies, and other species.  Trout and some salmonids are stocked in the region.

Fishing License Agency:  Iowa DNR

Link to online license purchase:

Cost of a Visitor’s License:  $41 dollars for an annual license, $15 dollars for a trout add-on.  Single day licenses are $10.50 dollars, three day are $17.50 dollars, and seven day are $32 dollars.  Boundary water trout licenses are $42.50 dollars, allowing you access to multi-state waters like the Mississippi river without concern about crossing state lines without a license.  If you buy one license, you can buy a bonus line for a buddy for $15 dollars.

Stay tuned for the next installment in this series.  Is there more fishing information you’d like us to add in the future?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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