Press Release

December 2016

Ice fishing report: C.J. Strike has ice in the Bruneau Arm, Dec. 30

Josh White, manager of Fish and Game's C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area reported on Dec. 30 there's about 4 to 5 inches of ice in the Bruneau Arm and best access is from Cottonwood Campground. 

With sub-zero temperatures expected for lows around New Year's Day the ice should thicken more, but he warns people to be careful and avoid other parts of the reservoir. Many areas have not frozen and others have thin ice. 

Public Comment Sought Regarding Horsethief Reservoir Upgrades

Camping upgrades may soon be coming to Horsethief Reservoir, and the public is invited to learn more about the proposed upgrades by attending a project open house at Fish and Game’s Nampa office.

The open house will be held on January 3rd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Fish and Game’s Nampa office, located at 3101 S. Powerline Road.

New Year requires 2017 Idaho hunting and fishing license

Before heading out in the New Year, Idaho hunters and anglers are reminded to pick up a 2017 license.

Nearly all of Idaho's hunting and fishing licenses, tags, and permits are sold on a calendar year basis, and they expire December 31.

The only licenses or permit not sold on a calendar year basis are Idaho's trapping license and Federal duck stamp. Both are valid from July 1 through the following June 30. This is because the seasons generally begin in the fall and end in the late winter.

Website provides information about banded waterfowl in Idaho

Waterfowl bands have a special place in waterfowl hunting. They're not ducks playing music, waterfowl bands are part of a long-running project where wildlife managers trap waterfowl, usually during late summer, and place small metal bands on the legs of ducks and geese to track migrations and populations.

Spring steelhead season opens New Year’s Day

For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens January 1 on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake and Boise rivers.

But before wetting a line, anglers will need a 2017 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit.

River sections to open include:

Chili Cook-off in Lewiston January 12th

Bring a pot of your favorite chili recipe and come join the discussion! Dinner will be served free of charge on a first come-first serve basis at the chili cook-off meeting starting at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 12th at the regional fish and game office, 3316 16th street in Lewiston.

Egin-Hamer closure goes into effect January 1st

The Egin-Hamer Area Closure places nearly 500 square miles of land off-limits to human entry for the protection of wintering deer, elk, and moose herds.  The closure begins on January first and lasts through the end of March on lands south of the Egin-Hamer Road and until April 30, north of it.  Once again, signs marking the area north of the Egin-Hamer road are fluorescent orange, while signs for the earlier opening southern portion are lime green colored.