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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

Radio Auction Set May 9

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

Horseback riding in the Sawtooth Mountains, fishing for sturgeon in Hells Canyon, flying into the Middle Fork of the Salmon to stay at a wilderness ranch are among the trips to be sold at auction on the radio May 9 beginning at 6 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has teamed with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife… more

Controlled Fires Can Help Wildlife

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

Controlled, relatively cool-burning fires can reinvigorate wildlife habitat on forest lands. The Boise National Forest has begun its prescribed fire season. Foresters see it as a way to maintain a healthy forest, but a "cool" burn within the forest can bring back shrubs that feed many kinds of wildlife, most visibly… more

Hunters Help Craft 2000 Big Game Seasons

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

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator, Southwest Region. Just one of the major challenges faced by big game managers is how to meld the biological needs of the managed species with the social desires of those who enjoy pursuing that species each hunting season. In each case, a species' biological needs must… 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

Commission Approves Salmon Season

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

Meeting by telephone conference call April 28, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission unanimously approved a staff recommendation for a season on the hatchery segment of the spring chinook salmon run. There are an estimated 10,000 chinook which are excess to the needs of the hatchery program. Biologists are projecting a… more