Press Release

October 2016

Hunters: Call toll-free number for hunter reports, online reporting unavailable

Big game hunters are reminded that the online hunter report form is still unavailable.

Currently, the only way to file a hunter report for deer, elk and pronghorn is to call the toll-free number at 877-268-9365 and speak to a live operator 24-hour a day, 7 days a week.  Please have your hunting license number or tag number available when you call.

Youth pheasant hunting opportunity available near Potlatch

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is working with an area landowner and the Game Bird Foundation to provide youth pheasant hunting opportunities on a 975 acre Access Yes! parcel on the Palouse River, north of Potlatch, Idaho. 

Eligible youth must be 17 years or younger, possess a valid hunting license or passport, and be accompanied by a mentor (an adult 18 years or older who possesses a valid hunting license).  The mentor may also hunt. The number of youth hunters is limited to 5 per day. 

Winchester Lake Dam Set for Repairs

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is currently dropping water levels in Winchester Lake in order to make repairs to the dam. The reservoir will be down around 8’ below the high water mark during this project. Work is scheduled to begin on October 31st and will take several weeks to complete. Boaters should be aware that boat ramp access may be affected during this drawdown. Once the work is completed, Winchester Lake will be allowed to refill naturally through the winter and spring. Contact Joe DuPont or Robert Hand at the regional office (208) 799-5010 for more information.


Steelhead catch picks up

Steelhead catch rates are picking up and there is plenty of exciting fishing left.

Catch rates in mid-October were 11 hours per fish on the Snake below the Salmon River, 3 hours per fish on the Clearwater from the mouth upstream to the Orofino Bridge, 3 hours per fish on the North Fork Clearwater, and 20 hours per fish on the Salmon River from North Fork to the Lemhi River. 

Pheasant stocking underway at nine Wildlife Management Areas

Pheasant hunting is a popular form of upland game hunting, and hunters can find a place to hunt them at Fish and Game's Wildlife Management Areas. The Department is stocking thousands of rooster pheasants at the following areas during the hunting season:

  • Southwest Region: Fort Boise, Payette, Montour, and C.J. Strike WMAs.
  • Magic Valley: Niagara Springs WMA.
  • Southeast Region: Sterling WMA.
  • Upper Snake: Market Lake, Mud Lake and Cartier Slough WMAs.