Press Release

May 2018

Catch the Fun on Free Fishing Day June 9

Saturday, June 9 is Idaho’s Free Fishing Day and the Idaho Fish and Game invites anglers, residents and nonresidents, to celebrate the day by fishing without a license.

Lack of fishing experience is no excuse. At special locations around the area, fishing equipment will be available for use and experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. Local events include:

  • Challis, Blue Mountain Meadow Pond, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Salmon, Kids Creek Pond, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Stanley, Sawtooth Kids Pond, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

All locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to the special day. Single-parent families are encouraged to attend and all children must be accompanied by an adult. While a limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the event, participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if possible.

For more information about fishing opportunities in the area, contact the Fish and Game office in Salmon at 208-756-2271 or visit http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

June 9th is Free Fishing Day!

Saturday, June 9th 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 (208-634-8137) or the Nampa office (208-465-8465).

Free Fishing Day Events in the Southwest Region – Saturday, June 9, 2018
Note: pay special attention to event times

Atwood Pond (Payette) – Registration begins at 8:00am
Hosted by Safari Club International

Council (Ol’ McDonald) Pond – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Fischer Pond (Cascade) – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Hosted by Lake Cascade State Park and Idaho Fish and Game

Kimberland Meadows Pond (New Meadows) – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Hosted by Idaho Fish and Game and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Celebrate Idaho Free Fishing Day June 9th

Saturday, June 9th 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

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!

Emphasize fun when fishing with kids

Fishing can be an ideal sport for families to do together outdoors. Besides spending quality time together, getting away from hectic schedules, electronics and enjoying a sun-filled day of fresh air can do wonders.

“Fishing can be a great sport even for little kids, if you introduce it in a positive way,” said Jordan Messner, Idaho Fish and Game fishery biologist based in Salmon. “Be patient, make it fun, and appreciate spending quality time together outdoors.”

When fishing with young children, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your kid’s first fishing experience isn’t their last.

Catching is key: Finding a well-stocked pond or lake is essential to hooking youngsters to fishing. It’s about the number of fish you can catch – not the size. Your kids will have a lot more fun reeling in several easy-to-catch stocked trout rather than waiting all day for a 5-pound lunker to bite.

And finding a local fishing hole has never been easier. Family Fishing Waters are choice fishing spots geared toward families and the likelihood of catching fish. Most are easy to reach, stocked with trout, and accessible by anglers of all ages. Here's a webpage devoted to Family Fishing Waters

If you lack equipment or have never fished before, Idaho Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing trailers are loaded with loaner fishing rods, tackle, bait and are staffed by experienced anglers that can help. These trailers make appearances at well-stocked fishing holes close to home. For a list of trailer events in your area, use the link above. 

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

June will be a busy month for personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries as they will be releasing more than 96,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations. With Free Fishing Day around the corner, local ponds will be a focal point of trout stocking efforts this month.

Unfamiliar with a particular stocking location? Use Idaho’s Fish Planner application on the Fish and Game website (idfg.idaho.gov) to find that special fishing water.

LOCATION       WEEK  NUMBER OF TROUT

Bear Pond (Placerville)      June 4 200

Boise River – Above Glenwood Bridge       June 11, 25         1,440/1,440

Boise River – Below Glenwood Bridge      June 11, 25        720/720

Boise River, Middle Fork      June 18      2,000

Boise River, North Fork      June 18      2,000

Boulder Reservoir, Lower (Donnelly)      June 18       1,200

Browns (Airport) Pond (McCall)      June 4      1,000

Bull Trout Lake (Grandjean)      June 11      900

BullTrout Lake #1, Little (Grandjean)      June 18      750

Bull Trout Lake #2, Little (Grandjean)      June 18      200

Caldwell Pond #2      June 4      450

Ol’ McDonald (Council Park) Pond      June 4      500

Duff Lane Pond (Middleton)      June 4      225

Eagle Island Park Pond      June 4      450

Eds Pond (Emmett)      June 4      200

Esthers Pond (Boise)      June 4      1,300

Fischer Pond (Cascade)       June 4         750

Gold Fork River (Donnelly)      June 11      500

Goose Creek (McCall)      June 25      250

Goose Lake (McCall)      June 25      4,000

Granite Lake (McCall)      June 25      4,000

Grimes Creek (Idaho City)      June 11      1,000

Hazard Lake, Middle (McCall)      June 25      2,500

Herrick Reservoir (Cascade)      June 4, 18        1,500/1,500

Ground-breaking Announced for New Fish and Game Office

Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Region staff will soon have a different business address thanks to the efforts of the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation (IFWF) which is funding construction of a new office building just off the Garrity Exit of Interstate 84. The result will be a much more convenient location for western Treasure Valley residents to access Fish and Game services, including license sales.

To officially mark the start of building construction, a ground-breaking ceremony will take place at the eight-acre site on June 1 at 9:30am. The building site is located on N. Gate Boulevard, immediately east of the CWI Micron Center in Nampa.

Big fish, big fun: catfish are the Snake River's overlooked bounty

Imagine a river loaded with big fish that are eager to bite and put up a mean fight when hooked. Imagine you have most of the river for you and your fishing pals to catch as many fish as you want to clean and eat. 

Imagine no more, because this place actually exists, and it’s only minutes from Idaho’s most populous region. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s the Snake River, and while anglers may pine for that scenario to include steelhead and salmon, the river has catfish in almost embarrassing abundance.  

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Despite being in the Snake River since the 1940s, catfish fishing doesn’t have a rich tradition in Idaho. They’re kind of an “other” fish that many anglers catch incidental to fishing for something else. But anglers might want to rethink that because they are a big, fun fish to catch, and there are lots of them. 

Pocatello man sets new catch-and-release record for rainbow trout

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Would you release a 30.5-inch rainbow trout if you caught it? David Raisch of Pocatello did, and he's now a state-record holder. 

Raisch caught his record fish in late March and recently submitted it into Idaho Fish and Game's catch and release records, which allows anglers to claim a state record while letting the fish live. The program started in 2016, and it complements the traditional "certified weight" records that require anglers to weigh the fish on a certified scale, which means the fish is typically killed. 

Raisch was fly fishing in the Snake River when he landed the record rainbow, which coincidentally is where the previous record of 29.3 inches was caught. 

If you catch a big fish and want to enter it in the catch and release records, here are the general guidelines: