Maybe the government should create a fishing “stimulus” package for all of the small communities in Idaho, or even better, a tax credit/deduction for fisherman who spend money supporting communities while pursuing their passion. Idaho Fish and Game found the following when studying fishing’s impact on the economy:
In 2003, Idaho’s population was 1,366,332 with one in four eligible people residing in Idaho purchasing a fishing license. There were 424,375 fishing licenses and 106,759 permits (chinook/steelhead/2 pole permits) sold to 400,824 individuals of which 124,297 were nonresidents. Fishing in Idaho generated $437,631,735 in statewide retail sales in 2003 with an additional $12,289,806 for fishing licenses and permits.
Anglers fished 3,908,747 days on 2,917,972 trips with an average of 1.3 days per trip and 5.1 hours per day and $150 per trip.
The Idaho Fish and Game will use the same regulations in 2010 that were used in 2009. You can download the regulations here. This means that for most Idaho streams and rivers, fishing will open on May 29, 2010 (Memorial Day weekend). The Blackfoot River in Idaho will open July 1, 2010 to protect the spawning cutthroats.