Press Release

March 2018

Fishing Trailer Scheduled for Local Pond Tour

Stocked with equipment and information, Fish and Game’s fishing trailer will soon be making more than 25 appearances at local ponds across the region, promoting fishing as part of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

To learn more about the trailer program, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. More information regarding the fishing trailer program, including other regional trailer schedules, will soon be posted on Fish and Game’s website at

With its exterior wrapped completely with vibrant fish illustrations, the trailer is hard to miss. “The big fish and vivid colors make the trailer a kid magnet,” Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale said. “That’s what we’re after; a focal point to help get a kid excited about fishing.”

But the important stuff is inside the trailer. “The idea is to bring fishing equipment and fishing expertise to what we call our ‘bicycle fisheries’ – local neighborhood ponds,” Oneale noted. “All kids and their parents have to do is show up; we’ll get them geared up and on the water.”

“We hope our efforts will get kids excited about fishing and help build a new generation of anglers,” Oneale added.

The trailer’s 2018 schedule will kick off at Kleiner Pond in Meridian on Saturday, April 7th followed by a stop at Settlers Pond on Wednesday, April 11th. 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,” Oneale said. “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.”

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 23,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during April.


Caldwell Pond #2      April 9      500

Crane Falls Reservoir      April 16      1,200

Duff Lane Pond (Middleton)      April 9      225

Eagle Island Park Pond      April 9      450

Eds Pond (Emmett)      April 23      200

Esthers Pond (Boise)      April 9     1,300

Heros Pond (Meridian)      April 9      150

Indian Creek (Caldwell)      April 9      200

Indian Creek (Kuna)      April 9      300

Kleiner Pond (Meridian)      April 2, 23      450/450

Lowman Nature Ponds      April 23      600

Lucky Peak Reservoir      April 16      5,700

Mann Creek Reservoir      April 16      2,400

Marsing Pond      April 2      450

Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend)      April 23      900

McDevitt Pond (Boise)      April 9, 16      450/450

Merrill Pond (Eagle)      April 16      250

Parkcenter Pond (Boise)      April 9      750

Payette Greenbelt Pond      April 16      450

Riverside Pond (Boise)     April 2, 23      360/360

Rotary Pond (Caldwell)      April 9      500

Sawyers Ponds (Emmett)      April 23      900

Sego Prairie Pond at Nicholson Park (Kuna)      April 9      225

Settlers Pond (Meridian)      April 9, 23      125/125

Weiser Community Pond      April 16      500

Williams Pond (Boise)      April 16      450

Wilson Springs (Nampa)      April 2, 16      250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)      April 2, 9, 16, 23      400/400/400/400

The number of trout actually released may be altered by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. If delays occur, trout will be stocked when conditions become favorable.

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Spring turkey controlled hunt drawing results delayed, but will be available by March 30

Hunters will be able to see the results of the spring turkey controlled hunt drawing no later than Friday, March 30. 

“We apologize for the delay," said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game Administration Bureau Chief. "Implementation of the new licensing system since March 1 continues to be a complex effort, and we are focusing on getting this draw completed. Our plan is to have these results available no later than March 30, but we are working to beat that date.” 

When results are available, hunters can check their controlled hunt results online, and if successful, buy their tags at as part of the transition to the new licensing system.

In order to take advantage of the new site, hunters have to set up an account with an email address and personal log-in name and password, if they have not already done so.

White-tailed deer management survey is now live for hunters to weigh in

Deer hunters: Now is your chance to shape the future management of white-tailed deer in Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game is surveying white-tailed deer hunters and others interested in white-tailed deer management. 

The last time the department revised its management plan was in 2005.

“It’s time that we check in with our whitetail hunters to see if your perspectives and desires have changed,” said state game manager Jon Rachael. “Your opinion, and those of other white-tailed deer hunters, will help us determine where adjustments may be needed. By understanding what white-tailed deer hunters want, we can continue to provide the best diversity of hunting opportunities consistent with the desires of our hunters.”

Fish and Game personnel have mailed a survey to a randomly selected group of license holders, emailed another randomly selected group, and also made the survey available for anyone to take here.

Whitetail hunting has grown in popularity in Idaho and currently makes up one half of the total deer harvest. 

Irrigators reminded to contact Fish and Game before turning water on

To keep fish out of irrigation ditches, irrigators who divert water from local rivers and streams are asked to contact Idaho Fish and Game’s Anadromous Fish Screen Program (208-756-6022) one week prior to turning water on.

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Fish and Game will work to get all the fish screens in place and fully operational prior to use to avoid trapping fish behind the screens and out of irrigation ditches. 

Fortunately, Idaho Fish and Game’s screen program, water users, and landowners have been working together to prevent the loss of fish into ditch systems for well over 50 years.  The Screen Program currently operates and maintains over 270 fish screens that have been installed with the cooperation of landowners and water users.

Fish and Game to host public information meeting and chili feed

Hunters, anglers, trappers, and other wildlife enthusiasts are invited to attend public information meetings in Salmon and Challis and visit with Idaho Fish and Game about issues of local interest.

Fish and Game staff will answer questions and provide information on a variety of topics including:

  • Big Game harvest statistics and recent aerial survey results
  • Updates on the steelhead season and upcoming Chinook season

The open house meeting in Salmon will be held Wednesday, March 28 at the Fish and Game office, 99 Hwy 93 North. The Challis meeting will be held Thursday, March 29, at the Community Event Center Board Room on Clinic Road. Each meeting will be held from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Several informative displays and handouts will be available for review. Chili will be served free of charge first come-first served.

"Bring a friend or neighbor and come by,” said Fish and Game Regional supervisor Tom Curet. “These meetings will be very informative and we hope plenty of folks bring their questions.”

The meetings are for anyone interested in fish and wildlife and are designed to stimulate informal discussions about wildlife issues in Lemhi and Custer counties. For more information, contact Fish and Game’s Salmon Regional Office at 208-756-2271.

See drawing results for spring controlled bear hunts

New this year is the ability for hunters to check their controlled hunt results, and if successful, buy their tags at as part of the transition to the new licensing system.

This is a change from prior years where draw results were available on Fish and Game's website. In order to take advantage of the new site, hunters have to set up an account with an email address and personal log-in name and password, if they have not already done so.

“We take security of personal information very seriously, and while the personal log-in might be a slight inconvenience, it is a necessary step towards protecting customer data,” F&G Administration Bureau Chief Michael Pearson said.

The new site will also allow hunters whose names were drawn to buy the tag online, which will be mailed to them after purchase.

“We hope this new feature will reduce the number of hunters who are drawn for controlled hunts, but later forget to buy their tag by the deadline,” Pearson said.

Fish and Game will continue mailing postcards to hunters whose names are drawn for controlled hunts. Those who do not have access to the internet can either wait to receive their postcard, or visit a Fish and Game license vendor to determine draw status after the results have been announced.

Bird identification workshop will be held March 17 in Boise

A free workshop that will help you identify sparrows will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 17 at the MK Nature Center 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise. 

Sparrows are “little brown birds” with a reputation for sending beginning birders back to the river to look for ducks, herons, and eagles. However, once you learn a few simple strategies, most sparrows are pretty easy to identify, especially when they are singing and in breeding plumage.

There are 25 species of sparrows seen in Idaho, 21 of which are regularly occurring. During the workshop, you will learn how to identify sparrows using six strategies: Plumage, Song, Habitat, Abundance, Seasonality, and Taxonomy.

Workshop is taught by Terry Rich, who is an avid birder who enjoys helping others (especially beginners) learn about birds and birding. Rich has a bachelor of science in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Zoology from Idaho State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy from BSU.

Wolf control action completed in Lolo Elk Zone

Idaho Fish and Game has completed wolf control actions in northern Idaho's Lolo elk zone to improve elk survival in the area. Predation on calves and cows is the primary factor limiting recovery of the Lolo elk population.

Ten wolves were killed during the operation, which started in late February. The operation is consistent with Fish and Game's Elk Management Plan and Lolo Predation Management Plan.

The control operation was paid for using Fish and Game license dollars transferred to the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board, created by the Idaho Legislature in 2014.

Fish and Game authorizes control actions where wolves are causing conflicts with people or domestic animals, or are a significant, measured factor in deer and elk population declines. Such control actions are consistent with Idaho's 2002 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Idaho Legislature.

Fish and Game prefers to manage wolf populations using hunters and trappers and only authorizes control actions where regulated harvest has been insufficient to meet management goals. The Lolo zone is steep, rugged country that is difficult to access, especially in winter. To date, hunters and trappers have reported 22 wolves taken in the Lolo zone during the 2017-18 season. The trapping season ends March 31 and the hunting season ends June 30.

The Lolo elk population declined drastically over the last 25 years, from 16,000 elk to fewer than 1,000 elk in recent years. IDFG biologists estimated 2,000 elk in the Zone when it was surveyed last winter. Short-term goals for the Lolo elk population outlined in the 2014 Elk Management Plan include stabilizing the population and helping it grow.