Press Release

September 2018

F&G dropping Stage 1 fire restrictions starting

Idaho Fish and Game will remove the stage 1 fire restrictions from lands it owns or manages, which will be in conjunction with Idaho Department of Lands removing of restrictions statewide, effective Friday, Sept. 21. 

Fish and Game may continue to prohibit fires in localized areas, which will be posted to notify the public of continued fire closures. 

Fire season is winding down in Idaho, but land closures from recent fires, planned or active prescribed fires, and other fire-related restrictions could remain. To get more details, go to  the Fire Information Page. 

Here's where trout are being stocked in SW Idaho in October

Personnel from Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 28,500 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during October. Local ponds are the primary focus of this stocking effort due to milder weather and correspondingly cooler water temperatures.

LOCATION      WEEK STOCKED      NUMBER OF TROUT

Arrowrock Reservoir      October 1      8,550

Boise River - above Glenwood Bridge      October 8, 22      1,080/1,080

Boise River - below Glenwood Bridge      October 8, 22      1,080/1,080

Caldwell Pond #2      October 1      500

Duff Lane Pond (Middleton)      October 1      225

Eagle Island Park Pond      October 8      450

Eds Pond (Emmett)      October 15      200

Esthers Pond (Boise)      October 1      1,300

Heroes Park Pond (Meridian)      October 8      150

Kleiner Pond (Meridian)      October 1, 22      450/450

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds      October 15      600

Mann Creek Reservoir (Midvail)      October 1      1,400

Marsing Pond      October 1      450

McDevitt Pond (Boise)      October 8, 22      450/450

Merrill Pond (Eagle)      October 8      250

Mill Pond (Horseshoe Bend)      October 15      900

Parkcenter Pond (Boise)      October 8      750

Payette Greenbelt Pond      October 15      450

Riverside Pond (Boise)      October 8, 22      360/360

Rotary Pond (Caldwell)      October 1      1,100

Sawyers Pond (Emmett)      October 15      900

Sego Prairie Pond (Kuna)      October 1      225

Settlers Park Pond (Meridian)      October 8, 22      125/125

Weiser Community Pond      October 15      500

Williams Pond (Boise)      October 8      450

Wilson Springs (Nampa)      October 1, 15      250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)      October 1, 8, 15, 22      400/400/400/400

Double check fire situation before heading out hunting

Hunters planning their first trips should remember to check Fish and Game's fire information page to see if their hunts may be affected. 

Large fires have burned in Central and North Idaho. Fire closure boundaries change as fires are put out and we get into fall, but it’s important that hunters know fire closures often extend far beyond the boundaries of the active fires. 

To see current area closures and fire boundaries go to Fish and Game’s Idaho Fire Map. 

People should also note that land closures can continue due to road and trail damage and safety concerns, even if weather cools and we get rain or snow. However, officials typically try to reopen areas when they are safe. 

Hunters should also be aware of safety restrictions on campfires, gas engines, and other potential fire sources may still remain in portions of the state. Check with the Forest Service, BLM, or other land manager to find out if fire restrictions exist in your hunting area. These restrictions typically limit campfires and other open flames to designated areas, such as campgrounds. 

Hunters should also remember that if even during cool or cold weather in the fall, the woods can remain dry, and wildfires can start, so people should always be careful with campfires, or any other open flames. 

Idaho Department of Lands provided these tips to have a safe and enjoyable fire:

Constructing your warming fire

  • Clear away all leaves and other combustibles from your fire circle.
  • Do not build a fire underneath overhanging branches, against a stump, or directly on organic matter. 
  • Stash your firewood a safe distance upwind of your fire. 
  • Never leave your fire unattended. 

Extinguishing your warming fire

Nonresident/second elk tags selling fast and may sell out soon

Nonresident elk tags sold out in 2017 and have been selling at a faster rate in 2018, so elk hunters wanting a nonresident tag or a nonresident tag as a second tag should not wait much longer. 

The limit on those tags is 12,815, and after they're sold out, no more will be issued. Through Sept. 14, there were 1,276 nonresident elk tags remaining. 

Hunters can see how many tags are left on the nonresident tag information page. Updates are posted weekly. 

Nonresident deer tags also sold out in 2017, and are also selling faster this year. Out of the 15,500 available, 4,427 remained on Sept. 14. Nonresident deer tags are also available as second tags, and remaining tags can also be found on the nonresident tag information page. 

Get the facts about bats, including how to remove one from your house

Many people's interest in bats peaks around Halloween when they're used as scary decorations, but Idaho's bats are much more than a prop. They're an interesting and important Idaho wildlife species, and Rita Dixon, Fish and Game's wildlife action plan coordinator, recently shared her expertise about bats in a podcast at Boise State Public Radio

Most people will never encounter a bat more closely than one flying around their homes and eating insects, but in the unlikely event one finds its way into your home, here's a safe way to deal with it. 

Check your licenses and tags for fading, and here's what to do if they're faded

Hunters and anglers who have poorly printed licenses and fading tags can get a replacement tag or license free of charge.

Idaho Fish and Game is providing a couple ways for sportsmen and women to get new copies.

  • Bring your faded licenses or tags to any regional Fish and Game office and request a replacement.
  • Mail your faded license and tags to a Fish and Game office along with a note requesting they be replaced, your first and last name and date of birth. Be sure to include your return mailing address.

There is no charge to receive replacements, however, these cannot be issued without first relinquishing the faded items.

Sportsmen and women are encouraged to request any necessary duplicates sooner, rather than later. 

Fish and Game thanks the public and the many statewide license vendors for their patience while we permanently fix this issue.  

For any questions regarding this matter, you can call the nearest regional Idaho Fish and Game office or email licenses@idfg.idaho.gov.

Anglers: See proposed fishing rule changes for the Salmon region and comment here

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on a new set of proposed fishing rules for 2019, and a new draft of its six-year, statewide Fisheries Management Plan.

Idaho fishing seasons and rules are approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission every three years, and the commission is scheduled to set new rules in November. All public comments must be received by Oct. 7.

Anglers can provide their opinions about the proposed changes by completing online surveys (below), submitting written comments by email or mail, or by attending regional open houses.

Fish and Game will consider all comments before developing final recommendations for the commissioners in November.

The Salmon Region has proposed changes based on new information from biologists, public input, and angler opinion surveys done over the last year. Proposed rule changes are described in each survey, which are broken down by Fish and Game regions (just like the fishing regulations book).

The department is also asking for input from anglers and the public regarding the newly updated draft of the Fisheries Management Plan. This plan will last from 2019 to 2024 and guides statewide fisheries management priorities, as well as sport fishing and conservation goals.

Anglers can view and comment here on the proposed fishing rule changes for the Salmon Region.

Anglers can read a copy and provide comments for the draft 2019-2024 Fisheries Management Plan.

In addition to the website survey, anglers may provide their comments by e-mail to: idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov; or by mail to 2016-2018 Fish Season and Rule Comments, c/o Idaho Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707.

Anglers: See proposed fishing rule changes for the Panhandle region and comment here

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on a new set of proposed fishing rules for 2019, and a new draft of its six-year, statewide Fisheries Management Plan. 

Idaho fishing seasons and rules are approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission every three years, and the commission is scheduled to set new rules in November. All public comments must be received by Oct. 7.  

Anglers can provide their opinions about the proposed changes by completing online surveys (below), submitting written comments by email or mail, or by attending regional open houses.  

Fish and Game will consider all comments before developing final recommendations for the commissioners in November.

The Panhandle Region has proposed changes based on new information from biologists, public input, and angler opinion surveys done over the last year. Proposed rule changes are described in each survey, which are broken down by Fish and Game regions (just like the fishing regulations book). 

The department is also asking for input from anglers and the public regarding the newly updated draft of the Fisheries Management Plan. This plan will last from 2019 to 2024 and guides statewide fisheries management priorities, as well as sport fishing and conservation goals. 

Anglers can view and comment here on the proposed fishing rule changes for the Panhandle Region

Anglers can read a copy and provide comments for the draft 2019-2024 Fisheries Management Plan. 

In addition to the website survey, anglers may provide their comments by e-mail to: idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov; or by mail to 2016-2018 Fish Season and Rule Comments, c/o Idaho Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707.