Press Release

May 2015

Application Period for Controlled Hunts Ends June 5

Hunters have until midnight June 5th to apply for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts. Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov, or by mail to Fish and Game's License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707. Hunters must have a valid 2015 Idaho hunting license to apply. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than June 5. Hunters can make informed decisions about what controlled hunts to apply for by using the Hunt Planner to access harvest statistics and drawing odds from the past 10 years. The Hunt Planner is available at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntPlanner/. Hunters can also use a new feature on Fish and Game's website that lists the 2014 drawing odds and statistics by controlled hunt number and hunt areas including: number of tags available, number of first choice applicants, number drawn for their first choice, percentage who drew in 2014, number of tags issued, estimated number of hunters, estimated number of animals harvested, and harvest success. The new feature is available at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/huntplanner/2014-hunt-stats.

Share Your Outdoor Photos and Stories on Fish and Game's Website

Show off that stringer of fish, hold that first deer proudly, shoot the perfect sunset from your favorite high mountain lake, and share your story experiencing Idaho's outdoors. Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites you to share your favorite fishing, hunting, scenic, and wildlife viewing photos and experiences by submitting them electronically to Fish and Game's website. To submit your own or see what others have shared, go to https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/gallery. All photos must be taken in Idaho. Hunting and fishing photos should display the animals in a tasteful manner. Please submit sharp, clear, color photographs accompanied with the following information: - Name and email of person submitting photo. - Date and general location photo was taken. - Brief caption describing the content of the photo (e.g., Jennifer Smith, age 12, with her first deer). - Brief stories are encouraged, but not required. Digital photos should be less than 8 megabytes in JPG, PNG, or JPEG formats. Fish and Game retains all rights to accepted submissions and reserves the right to reproduce or reprint, with proper credit, photos in other publications, on television, web sites and other media. Photographers are encouraged to use the following tips: - Get close: Get in close and fill the viewfinder with your subject. Avoid having a lot of vacant space or a distracting background around the subject. - Track the sun: Keep the light in the face of the subject and on the game or fish and make sure hats or other clothing are not shadowing the subject's face. - Experiment: Try different compositions - position of the subject, camera angles, flash or no-flash, and background settings. Always take more than one photo - you can always delete them later.

Project WILD Workshops Scheduled

Project WILD is offering several workshops this spring and early summer for adults who want to share the wonders of Idaho's natural resources with the next generation. Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students - but you don't have to be a teacher to participate. The workshops are available for teachers, scout leaders, parents or anyone interested in sharing nature with children. Workshops scheduled for June and July include: Focus on Literature with WET, WILD and Learning Tree: Boise, June 9 and 10. Learn ways to make literature connections with activities from the three "Projects." A $30 registration fee covers your choice of one of the Project guides and three books to supplement your classroom library. Prerequisite one of the following: Project WET, Project WILD or a Project Learning Tree workshop. WILD about Bats: Pocatello, June 17 and 18. Learn more about the world's only flying mammals in the newest workshop to join the Project WILD family. This workshop will not only dispel common myths about bats, but will offer a field opportunity to join biologists for a night of bat capture - "catch and release" only of course. MK Nature Center with WET and WILD: Boise, June 30 and July 1. Join Project WILD and Project WET to find out more about the MK Nature Center and our environment. Become familiar with all the MK Nature Center in Boise has to offer. Learn how to use what you have in your backyard to share environmental education with your students

Ask Fish and Game: Upper Salmon, South Fork Chinook Seasons

Q: I heard the salmon seasons were set on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers. What are they? A: Seasons will open on June 13 on the Upper Salmon and June 19 on the South Fork Salmon. Limits on both rivers will be four fish per day, only two of which may be adults. The possession limit will be 12 fish, only six of which may adults. The Upper Salmon River will be open from the Copper Mine boat ramp approximately 2.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River to a posted boundary 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game weir at the Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley. Fishing hours on the Upper Salmon River will be from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight time. The South Fork Salmon River will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek Road) upstream approximately 32 river miles to a posted boundary 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game weir. Fishing hours on the South Fork Salmon River will be 5:30 am to 10:00 pm from June 19 through July 16; and from 5:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Mountain Daylight time after July 16. A seasons and rules brochure will be available before the start of the season at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140.

Idaho Free Fishing Day is June 13

Saturday, June 13 is Free Fishing Day in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) invites novice anglers of all ages (residents and nonresidents alike) to celebrate the day by fishing any public waters in Idaho without a license. Although fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules remain in effect. These include such rules as bag and length limits or special fishing regulations. Regulations brochures are available free at local sporting goods stores and other retailers. Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop a lifelong pursuit. Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun and excitement at this annual event. To help beginning anglers, the IDFG is sponsoring a number of fishing events throughout the state. Fish and Game personnel will be on hand to answer questions and help beginning anglers learn about terminal tackle, casting and fishing techniques, and fish identification. Some fishing tackle and bait will be available for persons who do not have their own gear. Events are planned throughout the Panhandle Region, so there is a location convenient to everyone. While they are oriented toward beginning anglers, all anglers are welcomed to attend. One early event is scheduled in Coeur d'Alene at Ponderosa Springs Golf Course from 7-11 a.m. The owners have generously agreed to close the course for that special morning for twenty-six straight years, so youngsters will have a chance to catch their first fish. Other events are planned from 9am until noon at: - Bonners Ferry, Snow Creek Pond, Co-sponsored with Bonner's Ferry Lions Club - Calder, Calder Pond, Co-sponsored with US Forest Service - Spicer Pond, St. Maries - Murray, Steamboat Ponds - Mullan, Lucky Friday Pond - Post Falls, Post Falls Park Pond

Herbicide Treatment Scheduled for Crystal Springs Pond

Aquatic vegetation including Nitella and filamentous algae, is causing issues for anglers at Crystal Springs Pond, a popular Bingham County fishery located approximately 22 miles west of Blackfoot near Springfield. Problems with excessive plant growth in this pond began last summer, and if left unchecked, will quickly reduce fishing opportunity to zero. Idaho Fish and Game staff began treating Crystal Springs Pond on Thursday, May 28, with a granular herbicide that will kill the nuisance plants and make the ponds fishable once again. Two additional treatments will occur biweekly with the entire treatment process being completed by June 25. The treatment process will be conducted according to manufacturer guidelines by Fish and Game staff licensed as aquatic herbicide applicators. Signs have been placed at Crystal Springs Pond notifying the public of the treatment effort underway. Anglers are able to fish the pond through the application process. For more information about the weed treatment effort, please contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Pocatello at 208-232-4703

June 13 is Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 13th is Free Fishing Day, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect. "Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit," Fish and Game regional fish manager Joe Kozfkay said. "Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing excitement." Lack of fishing experience is no excuse. At special locations around the southwest region, equipment will be available for use and fishing experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. In addition, all these locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to the special day. Look for the event nearest you and Take a Kid Fishing. For more information regarding Free Fishing Day, contact the Fish and Game McCall office (634-8137) or the Nampa office (465-8465). Free Fishing Day Events in the Southwest Region - Saturday, June 13, 2015 Note: pay special attention to event times. Check the Fish and Game website (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov) for schedule additions and or changes.
  • Atwood Pond (Payette) - Kids' Conservation Day - Registration begins at 8:00 am - Hosted by Safari Club International, Howard's Tackle Shop and Idaho Fish and Game
  • Council (Ol' McDonald) Pond - 9:00am - 1:00 pm - Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game and the Adams County Sheriff's Office
  • Ed's Pond (Emmett) - 9:00 am - Noon - Hosted by the Gem County Recreation District, True Value Hardware, Boise National Forest (Emmett Ranger District) Wild Willy's and Idaho Fish and Game

Fishing Trailer Schedule for June

June will be a busy month for Fish and Game's fishing trailer, with ten fishing events - including Free Fishing Day on June 13th - scheduled around the Treasure Valley and beyond. To learn more about the fishing trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. A complete statewide fishing trailer schedule is available on the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. A fishing license is not needed by any participant that registers at the trailer for the duration of the event, regardless of age or residency. "Everyone is welcome at these events, but we want to make a point of inviting kids and their parents who have an interest in fishing but lack the equipment and perhaps the knowledge to get started," regional conservation educator Evin Oneale noted. "The only cost is a bit of time, and the idea is to help people gain enough fishing experience and confidence to strike out on their own and enjoy fishing as a fun, family activity." Southwest Region Fishing Trailer Schedule for June June 3 - Williams Pond (Boise) - 4:00pm-8:00pm June 4 - Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) - 10:00am-2:00pm June 6 - Settlers Pond (Meridian) - 10:00am-2:00pm (Fishin' With the Commission) June 13 - McDevitt Pond (Boise) - 9:00am-2:00pm (Free Fishing Day) June 17 - Settlers Pond (Meridian) - 10:00am-2:00pm June 18 - Kleiner Pond (Meridian) - 10:00am-2:00pm June 20 - Wilson Ponds (Nampa) - 10:00am-2:00pm June 24 - McDevitt Pond (Boise) - 10:00am-2:00pm June 25 - Williams Pond (Boise) - 10:00am-2:00pm June 27 - Sawyers Ponds (Emmett) - 9:00am-1:00pm (4-H Fishing Event)

Trap Education Effort Partners with Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend the 20th annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs event. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day's events. To register or just learn more about the training day, visit www.snakeavoidance.org, or contact event organizer Heidi Funke at hfunke3dk@gmail.com or by phone at 208-463-2304. The combined event will be held at Veterans' Memorial Park - State Street and Veterans' Parkway in Boise - on Sunday, June 14th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. While the cost of the rattlesnake avoidance training is $50 for pre-registered dogs, the trap awareness seminar is free, with no appointment required. The trap awareness seminar is designed for anyone who regularly takes their dogs to the Boise foothills, other outlying areas and even the greenbelt. "Most dog owners are unfamiliar with traps of any kind," Fish and Game conservation officer Kurt Stieglitz noted. "This seminar will provide them with some very practical tools related to trapping, including the steps to take if a pet dog ever ends up in a trap." Fish and Game staff will discuss the different types of traps that might be encountered including foot-hold traps, body-gripping traps, and snares, how each trap type works and how to safely release a pet from a trap. Other topics to be covered include trapping seasons, areas to avoid while walking your pet, trapping rules, and what to do if a trap is encountered. For more information regarding the trap awareness seminar, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465.

Fish and Game Seeks Comments on Draft Sharp-tailed Grouse Plan

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on its draft management plan for the conservation of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse. The Columbian sharp-tailed grouse is one of six subspecies of sharp-tailed grouse in North America. They were once considered the most abundant and well-known upland game bird in the Pacific Northwest but now occupy less than 5 percent of their historic range in the United States. Idaho supports approximately 60 to 65 percent of the remaining Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in the United States. The intent of the draft management plan is to provide guidance to Fish and Game for implementing conservation measures that will enhance habitat and populations, and to prevent the need for ESA protection of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in the future. During their May 20 meeting in Lewiston, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved Fish and Game's request to solicit public comments on the draft plan. The draft plan is available on the Fish and Game website at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/draft-columbian-sharp-tailed-grouse. Comments may be submitted on the website or by e-mail to idfg-staff@idfg.idaho.gov; or by mail to Sharp-tailed Grouse Plan Comments, c/o Idaho Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707. The 30-day comment period will conclude on June 24. Fish and Game will evaluate all comments and revise the draft plan. A final plan will be submitted for commission review and approval in July.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 87,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during June. With Free Fishing Day around the corner, local ponds will be a focal point of trout stocking efforts this month. LOCATION - WEEK STOCKED - NUMBER OF TROUT Bear Pond (Placerville) - June 8 - 200 Boise River - above Glenwood Bridge - June 22, 29 - 1,440/1,440 Boise River - below Glenwood Bridge - June 22, 29 - 720/720 Boise River, Middle Fork - June 22 - 2,000 Boise River, North Fork - June 22 - 2,000 Bull Trout Lake (Grandjean) - June 15 - 900 Bull Trout Lake #1, Little (Grandjean) - June 15 - 750 Bull Trout Lake #2, Little (Grandjean) - June 15 - 1,200 Caldwell Pond #2 - June 1 - 500 Council Park (Ol' McDonald) Pond - June 8 - 500 Crooked River (Idaho City) - June 15 - 1,000 Eagle Island Park Pond - June 8 - 450 Ed's Pond (Emmett) - June 8 - 300 Fischer Pond (Cascade) - June 8 - 750 Gold Fork River (Donnelly) - June 15 - 1,150 Grimes Creek (Idaho City) - June 8 - 1,000 Herrick Reservoir (Cascade) - June 8 - 2,000 Hero's Pond (Meridian) - June 8 - 150 Horsethief Reservoir (Cascade) - June 8 - 3,000 Indian Creek (Caldwell) - June 1 - 200 Indian Creek (Kuna) - June 1 - 300 Kimberland Meadows Pond (New Meadows) - June 8 - 1,000 Kleiner Pond (Meridian) - June 8 - 1,800 Legacy Park Pond (Mt. Home) - June 8 - 300 Lost Valley Reservoir (New Meadows) - June 1, 8 - 4,500/4,500 Lowman (10-mile) Ponds - June 1 - 600 Marsing Pond - June 1 - 450 Martin Lake (Grandjean) - June 15 - 1,000 McDevitt Pond (Boise) - June 8 - 900 Merrill Pond (Eagle) - June 8 - 500 Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend) - June 8 - 900 Mores Creek (Idaho City) - June 8 - 1,000 Northwest Passage Pond (McCall) - June 8 - 375 Parkcenter Pond (Boise) - June 8 - 1,800 Payette Lake, Upper (McCall) - June 22 - 3,600 Payette Pond (Payette) - June 8 - 450

Celebrate Idaho Free Fishing Day June 13

No fishing gear or experience? No problem! Saturday, June 13th is Idaho's annual Free Fishing Day. Idaho Fish and Game invites residents, nonresidents, as well as veteran and novice anglers of all ages to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Even though a fishing license is not required for this special day, all other rules, such as limits and tackle restrictions, still remain in effect. Make sure to grab a copy of the fishing regulations before you head out on the water. Free fishing day does include salmon fishing; anglers do not need a license or salmon permit, but they are still subject to all bag and possession limits. Staff and volunteers will be available at seven locations around the region to help novice anglers learn the basics of fishing. Contests, activities and prizes will be awarded during these events. All of these locations will be freshly stocked with hungry hatchery rainbow trout. Look for an event near you and take a kid, friend or neighbor fishing. All events run from 9 a.m. to noon. - Elk City - Karolyn's Pond - Grangeville - Wilkin's Pond - Headquarters - Pierce/Weippe - Deer Creek Reservoir - Kooskia - Fenn Pond, 5 miles from Lowell on Forest Service Road 223. - Lewiston - Mann Lake - Lewiston- Kiwanis Park Pond/Levee Pond - Moscow/Troy - Spring Valley Reservoir Contact the Clearwater Regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. Load up the family and come join us for a fun-filled day on water!