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Fishing Season Opens May 27

Fri, 05/26/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho's general fishing season on rivers and streams will open Saturday, May 27. The annual opener is always scheduled for the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend so anglers can take advantage of the holiday. Most lakes and reservoirs are open year around. The next fishing "event" will be Free Fishing Day June 10, when… more

Controlled Hunt Application Deadline Near

Fri, 05/26/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The last day for applying for this fall's big game and turkey controlled hunts comes Wednesday, May 31. Applications postmarked May 31 are accepted. All other forms of application must be completed by close of business on that day. Hunters are applying for deer, elk, antelope, black bear and - for the first time -… more

Mountain Lion Helps Education

Fri, 05/26/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Contact: Sue Nass 334-2633 snass@idfg.state.id.us On Thursday morning, a mountain lion will begin a second life teaching Idaho school children about wildlife. At 9 AM, Bruce Wiegers will present a taxidermy mount of a young mountain lion to Fish and Game Commissioner Don Clower in a kindergarten class at Valley View… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 05/26/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Is a treble hook legal when the rules say "single barbless hook?" A. Yes, as long as it has no barbs, or the barbs have been bent completely closed.

Salmon Harvest Online

Fri, 05/19/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Anglers wanting a report on fishing conditions in the Clearwater or Little Salmon River chinook seasons can check it out on the Fish and Game website under "What's New." As of May 14, 251 salmon had been caught in the lower portion of the Lower Clearwater River, and 285 in the upper portion and the North Fork of the… more

TV Show Wins Awards

Fri, 05/19/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, along with KTVB, was honored with two 1999 Idaho Press Club awards. Sue Nass won second place for television writing in the statewide contest with a story entitled "Sage Grouse Serenade". This segment of the May 1999 edition of Incredible Idaho highlighted the sage grouse… more

Salmon Fishing Rule Pamphlet Corrected

Fri, 05/19/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

In the rules pamphlet for the current salmon fishing season, one stretch of river was left out. Anglers who catch a spring chinook in the segment of the Clearwater River upstream from the Orofino bridge to the confluence with the South Fork and the Middle Fork of the Clearwater should use the code "04" when they punch… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 05/19/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Can my kid apply for a controlled hunt even though she will not be 12 years old until after the application deadline? A. Yes. As soon as she completes Hunter's Education, a license can be issued so she can apply for controlled hunts. The license will specify that it is valid only on and after her birthday… more

Radio Auction Best Since 1992

Fri, 05/12/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho's wildlife habitat will receive a boost from one of the most successful radio auctions ever held with Fish and Game participation. Fish and Game teamed up with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation May 9 for a radio auction that was heard through most of southern Idaho. The… more

Aren't All Chinook Endangered?

Fri, 05/12/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

How can we fish for chinook salmon this spring when Idaho salmon are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act? A number of residents have posed this to Fish and Game since a fishing season for chinook was announced last month. The answer is that not all Idaho chinook salmon are "listed" under the Endangered… more

Commission Approves Upland, Furbearer Rules

Fri, 05/12/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Meeting at the Andrus Wildlife Management Area May 4, the Idaho Fish and Game commission approved seasons and rules for upland game, game birds and furbearers for 2000 and 2001. The season structure for most birds remained the same as in past years, with few exceptions. Forest grouse seasons will open the first of… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 05/12/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. I caught a trout that had a jaw tag. What do you want me to do with it? A. Fish and Game needs some information in an effort to improve the catchable rainbow trout we plant in some Idaho waters. If the tag has "$$ 10 $$" on it, you're and instant $10 winner. Otherwise, turning in the tag information places you in a… more

Little Salmon River Season Set for May 12

Mon, 05/08/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The season for hatchery spring chinook salmon on the Little Salmon River will open Friday, May 12, as proposed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Late last week the National Marine Fisheries Service agreed that the season did not pose a threat to wild salmon in the river. Authorization from that agency was… more

Salmon Outlook Even Better

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

The outlook for salmon fishing in Idaho is even better than it was when a season was approved last week. The spring chinook run at Bonneville Dam was 133,358 on May 3, the best for this date since 1974. Earlier projections were for a total run of 133,300. The projected run is now estimated at 164,000 fish. The run… more

Go Fishing, Catch Cash

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Idaho trout anglers can catch cash prizes while enjoying their sport and, at the same time, help Fish and Game researchers improve the hatchery program. What researchers want to know is which hatcheries are producing the most catchable of catchable trout. The three million or so trout Fish and Game plants every year… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 05/05/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q. Why do I have to give my Social Security number when I just want to buy a hunting or fishing license? A. We have to have the Social Security number because it is an Idaho law. Idaho Code, Section 73-122 states "the social security number of an applicant shall be recorded on any application for a professional,… more

Nonresident Salmon License Changes May 1

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

As part of the new Fish and Game license legislation that goes into effect May 1, nonresident salmon and steelhead anglers will see two changes to current law. Those changes affect the three-day nonresident license only. One change allows holders of this license to fish for resident fish, such as trout. Prior to the… more

Ask Fish and Game

Fri, 04/28/2000 - 00:00 | idfg-staff

Q: When are the new fee increases going into effect? I keep hearing May 1 but most new laws go into effect in July. A. New laws do generally go into effect July 1, but in the case of these license and fee changes, the effective date is indeed May 1. Lawmakers understood that the financial crisis at Fish and Game… more