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Lake Cascade Ice Conditions - Dec. 12, 2022

Mon, 12/12/2022 - 16:14 | idfg-mthomas

On Monday, December 12th we checked surface and ice conditions on Lake Cascade. Although we got off to an early start building ice in November, recent heavy snowfall has delayed ice development across much of the lake and has made for a slushy surface. Conditions may improve with forecasted cold and clear nights… more

Open house in Salmon set to collect comments on moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 13:20 | idfg-mdemick

Hunters can soon comment on the proposed 2023-24 hunting seasons for moose, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep.  Idaho Fish and Game will host an open house Dec. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Salmon Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North.     

Season proposals in IDFG’s Salmon Region include a decrease in moose tags… more

Public can comment on moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat season through Dec. 29

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 09:22 | idfg-cliess

Idaho Fish and Game will be setting new seasons for upcoming moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts in early 2023 and gathering public input on proposals from Dec. 13-29.

Hunters can easily review the proposals at the moose, sheep, goat proposals webpage here. The comment period will run through Dec. 29… more

Clearwater Region ice fishing update (Dec. 9)

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 08:59 | idfg-jthiessen

Because it is so accessible, ice fishing is becoming a popular family activity throughout Idaho. Ice fishing is one of the most available and often overlooked opportunities in the Clearwater Region. There are numerous ponds, lakes and reservoirs that ice over and hold a wide range of fish species including rainbow… more

Winter aerial surveys and capture work beginning soon in the Clearwater Region

Thu, 12/08/2022 - 22:04 | idfg-jbruns

Winter is a busy season for wildlife staff across the state. Winter wildlife work starts now and will extend through the end of January. Elk and moose captures will begin the week of December 12th in units 8, 8A, 10A. These capture efforts are part of a larger elk and moose calf survivability study. Additional capture… more

F&G Commission conference call meeting set for Dec. 12

Wed, 12/07/2022 - 12:38 | idfg-cliess

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will be meeting via conference call on Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. to discuss future plans for the hiring of the Fish and Game director position. Members of the public can visit a regional office and listen in to the meeting via conference call.  

There will be no public comment… more

Helicopter flights to survey big game near Salmon and Challis to begin soon

Wed, 12/07/2022 - 10:00 | idfg-mdemick

Beginning this week, Fish and Game staff will take to the air to get a closer look at deer numbers, including several low-level helicopter surveys planned in the Salmon and Challis areas. The purpose is to gather abundance and herd composition information that helps game managers understand population numbers and… more

Ice Fishing in the Clearwater Region

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 16:58 | Anonymous (not verified)

Did you know, you don't have to travel for hours to find great ice fishing opportunities in the Clearwater Region? There are many great opportunities to get the family out for a daytime adventure right down the road!

Many anglers put away the rods and gear when colder weather starts descending upon us, but… more

North Idaho’s Priest River: A river of potential

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 16:24 | idfg-tjross

Not all rivers are created equally. Some, like the St. Joe River in North Idaho, boast good habitat and reliably cold water, resulting in robust coldwater fish populations, such as westslope cutthroat and bull trout. However, others, like the Priest River, are not so fortunate. 

For decades, Priest… more

It’s almost raffle time: Turn in your Lake Pend Oreille fishing logbooks by Dec. 10 for a chance to win great prizes and swag!

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 13:47 | idfg-tjross

If you are a fisherman participating in the angler science program on Lake Pend Oreille, thank you for investing time and energy into helping us. Information collected by anglers will help Idaho Fish and Game manage the trophy rainbow trout fishery.

The time periods for filling out fishing logbooks has… more

Break out the neoprene: Winter stream fishing is a perfect opportunity to stay outdoors and catch fish

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 09:19 | idfg-cliess

Ask just about anyone if standing in two feet of 33-degree water while snow somehow finds its way down the back of their base layer sounds like their idea of a good time, and you’ll probably get a resounding no. This time of year, it’s tempting for anglers to stash the rods and hang up the waders ‘til next spring. And… more

Lake Cascade Fishery Update for 2022-2023

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 15:42 | idfg-mthomas

Below average temperatures in November has many anglers scrambling to get their ice fishing gear ready: Old man winter is arriving early in Idaho, and the hardwater is already here on parts of Lake Cascade (ice update). For anglers itching for an update on the status of the fishery prior to hitting the ice, Fish and… more

Never let the sun set on a dirty firearm

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 12:21 | idfg-cliess

Another season in the books. You and your trusty firearm spent countless roaming the mountain slopes and drainages that Idaho is known for and likely in all kinds of weather.

For all the times your firearm’s had your back (literally), now is the point in the year when you have its back. Whether you hunted the… more

Lewiston angler sets new coho state record on the NF Clearwater River

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 09:26 | idfg-mkoenig

Congratulations to Jerry Smith of Lewiston on landing a 30-inch coho salmon. Smith hooked the fish while fishing the North Fork Clearwater River on Nov. 13. While Idaho's catch-and-release record program has been around since 2016, this is the first application for an ocean-run coho salmon, setting the stage for future… more

F&G begins winter feeding operation for Teton Canyon elk

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:33 | idfg-jlocke

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has initiated an emergency winter feeding operation for the Teton Canyon elk herd for winter 2022-2023. This elk herd has posed a public safety concern since winter 2018-2019 when they began showing up along Highway 20 and Highway 33 near Sugar City. In an attempt to prevent this… more

Big game can handle Idaho winters, but Fish and Game steps in if emergencies arise

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 15:42 | idfg-cliess

We humans aren’t the only ones who can find it a bit of a struggle when a heavy winter storm rolls through Idaho. Our state’s wildlife, specifically deer, elk and pronghorn, can also find themselves in dire straits during extreme and unusual winter weather. 

Idaho’s wildlife has adapted over thousands of years… more

Fish and Game biologist’s free mule deer after it fell into an abandoned water tank near Hailey (with video)

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 14:28 | idfg-tthompson

In mid-November, conservation officers from the Magic Valley Region received a report of a mule deer buck that had become trapped after falling into an abandoned water storage tank outside of Hailey. It is unknown how long the deer had been trapped after falling into the deep concrete storage tank. The tank is thought… more

Fish and Game apologizes for delays that caused customer frustrations during nonresident tag sales

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:42 | idfg-rphillips

To all of our nonresident deer and elk hunters,

Idaho Fish and Game staff sincerely apologizes for the delays that caused frustration with the license and tag sales system on December 1, the first day of nonresident deer and elk tag sales for next year's season.

We experienced record demand for… more