Press Release

May 2016

Try northern pike fishing in northern Idaho’s lakes

By Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game public information specialist

The Panhandle offers a unique fishing opportunity for northern pike not found elsewhere in Idaho, which anglers can enjoy while at the same time keeping the fish’s population in check which is a good thing for other species.

Wildlife workshop for educators to focus on elk

Teachers - don’t let your summer pass you by - Get WILD.

Idaho Fish and Game will host a WILD about Elk workshop designed to help 4th-12th grade teachers learn fun and exciting ways to teach wildlife conservation in the classroom.

The workshop will be held June 13 and 14 at Red River Wildlife Management Area near Elk City, Idaho.

First Super Hunt drawing deadline is May 31

Hunters hoping to enter Idaho’s first Super Hunt drawing have through May 31 to apply.

With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

The first drawing will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn, and one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species - elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Winners will be notified by June 10.

Plague Suspected in Treasure Valley Ground Squirrel Deaths

Joint News Release—For Immediate Release
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Central District Health Department

Preliminary tests of ground squirrels (whistle pigs) found dead in desert areas of Ada and Elmore counties have come back positive for plague.  Idaho public health and Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking people to take precautions as outdoor summer activities shift into high gear over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Chinook salmon seasons to end in lower Clearwater and North Fork Clearwater rivers

The lower Clearwater River from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge will close to fishing for all Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours (9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday, May 27.  In addition, the North Fork Clearwater River will close to fishing for all Chinook salmon effective the end of fishing hours (9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on Monday, May 30, 2016. Due to this year’s low jack return, a “Jack Only” harvest season will not be provided.

Millions of hatchery smolts get clipped before leaving for the ocean

By Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game public information specialist

It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.

Trap education effort partners with Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs

By Evin Oneale, Conservation Educator, Idaho Fish and Game

Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend the 21st annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs event. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events.

To register or just learn more about the training day, visit, or contact event organizer Heidi Funke at or by phone at 208-463-2304.

Summer Chinook seasons set on Upper Salmon and South Fork

The Fish and Game Commission has approved fisheries for 2016 on the Upper Salmon River and South Fork Salmon River.  Seasons will open on June 18 in both rivers and will remain open until further notice.       

Limits on both rivers will be four fish per day, only two of which may be adults. The possession limit will be 12 fish, only six of which may adults.  An adult Chinook salmon is 24 inches or more in length.

Time to take the family fishing

Looking for a fun family-friendly activity close to home? Try fishing.

June will be a busy month for Idaho Fish and Game as they will be releasing thousands of catchable-sized rainbow trout at fishing waters throughout the state.  With Free Fishing Day around the corner, local ponds will be great places to take the family fishing. 

“There’s plenty of great fishing action close to home,” says Doug Megargle, fisheries manager with Fish and Game in Jerome. “Several area waters are full of fish, so now’s a perfect time to get out and enjoy it.”       

Big game controlled hunt deadline approaching

The application period for this fall’s deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, and turkey controlled hunts goes through Sunday, June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2016 Idaho hunting license to apply.