Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public review and comment on proposals for 2013 fishing rules and the 2012-2018 fisheries management plan.
Any proposed rules that are adopted would take effect on January 1, 2013. Only minor changes are proposed for the Clearwater Region, although comments on any rule proposals across the state are welcome. Details regarding the proposed fishing rule changes can be found online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov or by contacting fishery biologists at the Clearwater Region office in Lewiston.
Idaho Fish and Game's draft 2013-2018 Fisheries Management Plan is also available for public review and comment. The document describes Fish and Game's proposed statewide and individual river drainage management of public fisheries during the next six years.
Whether it is native cutthroat trout, white sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, bass, or hatchery trout, the plan lays out how Fish and Game would protect, conserve and provide continued supplies of fish and manage fishing. It also includes results of the 2011 angler opinion survey which helps Fish and Game prioritize and develop management programs with consideration for angler preferences.
The document is available for review in two parts. Part 1 describes the proposed fisheries management policies, challenges, and statewide fisheries programs. Part 2 describes specific fishery management programs for individual river drainages.
Anglers who would like to provide comments on the rule proposals or Fisheries Management Plan can do so in several ways: