Press Release

June 2016

South Fork Salmon Chinook season to close July 4

The good news for anglers is Chinook fishing on the South Fork of the Salmon River will last through the Fourth of July weekend. The bad news is that will wrap up Chinook fishing on the South Fork this year.

Fishing for Chinook salmon on the South Fork Salmon River will close at the end of fishing hours (10 p.m. Mountain Daylight time) Monday, July 4, 2016

Weekly angler surveys indicate that sport anglers will have harvested the non-tribal share of hatchery Chinook salmon returning to the South Fork Salmon River by this time.

‘Capped’ general-season, resident elk tags go on sale July 10

General season deer and elk tags go on sale July 1, but some resident elk tags in nine general seasons are sold in limited numbers known as “capped” elk zones. Tags for these nine zones will go on sale at 10 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) on July 10 and will be sold online, through license and tag vendors, or by phone. Fish and Game offices will be closed on July 10.

The sale applies only to these elk tags, and here are the numbers of them available:

Bear River B-tags - 441

Diamond Creek A-tags - 1,146

Dworshak B-tags - 2,118

Fish and Game Commission to meet in Jerome July 6 and 7

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet July 6 and 7 at Fish and Game’s Magic Valley regional office in Jerome. 

A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at 324 S. 417 E., Suite #1.  Persons wanting to address the commission on any topic having to do with Fish and Game business may do so at the public hearing.  All testimony will be taken into consideration when the commission makes decisions on agenda items at the meeting.

Big Game controlled hunt drawing results online

Hunters who applied for elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunts can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

Drawing results are now available at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/CH.

Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow three simple steps to find out instantly if they were successful or not in the drawing.  Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient. 

Chinook coming to the Boise River

To expand opportunity for anglers to fish for one of Idaho's most prized game fish, Idaho Fish and Game will release Chinook salmon into the Boise River on Friday, June 24.

The salmon will be released sometime after noon at the Glenwood, West Parkcenter, Barber Park and Americana release sites.  There will be no parking available at the Americana release site due to construction and space limitations.  Anglers need to park at Ann Morrison Park or other areas. 

Take Hunter Education Now to Avoid the Rush

Hunter education is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 who wants to purchase an Idaho hunting license.

The overall goal of the program is the prevention of hunting and firearm related accidents, but emphasis is also placed on improving knowledge about wildlife management, the heritage of hunting, and promoting hunting ethics and responsibility.

South Fork of the Salmon River Chinook fishing Q&A

By Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game public information specialist

South Fork of the Salmon River’s Chinook season can be fun and frustrating. The season opened June 18, and anglers play an anxious game trying to time their fishing trips with arrival of the salmon because after the fish arrive the season can be short and sweet.

Leave it better than you found it

With camping and fishing season in full swing and many people enjoying Idaho's outdoors, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game encourages all outdoor enthusiasts to make litter pick-up part of their outdoor routine. 

"Not only is it the right thing to do, but it demonstrates respect and commitment to outdoor ethics and conservation," said Joe DuPont, Fish and Game fisheries manager of Lewiston. "Respectful people preserve the places they enjoy, so why not leave it better than you found it?” 

Cultivate a lifelong fishing buddy – take a kid fishing

For quality time with your family, there's nothing quite like spending a day fishing together. It's a great way to instill a love for the outdoors in your kids, inexpensive and fun.

With many families heading out fishing this summer, the Idaho Fish and Game reminds adults there are a number of things to keep in mind when taking youngsters to make it a happy outing for everyone.

Fish and Game Commission to meet in Jerome in July

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet July 6 and 7 at Fish and Game’s Magic Valley regional office in Jerome. 

A public hearing will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.  Members of the public who want to address the commission on any topic having to do with Fish and Game business may do so at the public hearing.  All testimony will be taken into consideration when the commission makes decisions on agenda items at the meeting the next day.