Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on a new set of proposed fishing rules for 2019, and a new draft of its six-year, statewide Fisheries Management Plan.
Idaho fishing seasons and rules are approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission every three years, and the commission is scheduled to set new rules in November. All public comments must be received by Oct. 7.
Anglers can provide their opinions about the proposed changes by completing online surveys (below), submitting written comments by email or mail, or by attending regional open houses.
Fish and Game will consider all comments before developing final recommendations for the commissioners in November.
The Panhandle Region has proposed changes based on new information from biologists, public input, and angler opinion surveys done over the last year. Proposed rule changes are described in each survey, which are broken down by Fish and Game regions (just like the fishing regulations book).
The department is also asking for input from anglers and the public regarding the newly updated draft of the Fisheries Management Plan. This plan will last from 2019 to 2024 and guides statewide fisheries management priorities, as well as sport fishing and conservation goals.
Anglers can view and comment here on the proposed fishing rule changes for the Panhandle Region.
Anglers can read a copy and provide comments for the draft 2019-2024 Fisheries Management Plan.
In addition to the website survey, anglers may provide their comments by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail to 2016-2018 Fish Season and Rule Comments, c/o Idaho Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707.
For those who prefer to speak directly with a biologist, Fish and Game will also host open public meetings across the state. Everyone is welcome to stop by anytime during the specified time to share their thoughts with Fish and Game staff held at the following locations and times:
Coeur d’ Alene– September 19, 9: 00 am – 4:00 pm.
Panhandle Regional Fish and Game Office
2885 W. Kathleen Ave.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815