Press Release

April 2019

Southwest Region Fishing Trailer Schedule for the Month of May

The month of May will be busy for Fish and Game’s fishing trailer, with more than a dozen fishing events scheduled around the Treasure Valley and beyond.

To learn more about the trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465. A complete statewide fishing trailer schedule is available at

A fishing license is not needed by any participant registering 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,” regional communications manager Evin Oneale noted. “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.”

Southwest Region Fishing Trailer Schedule for May

Date           Location                                     Time

May 1           Esthers Pond (Boise)           4:00pm-8:00pm

May 2           Wilson Ponds (Nampa)       4:00pm-8:00pm

May 4           Kleiner Pond (Boise)            10:00am-2:00pm

May 8           Sterling Park Pond (Boise)   4:00pm-8:00pm

May 9           Settlers Pond (Meridian)      4:00pm-8:00pm

May 11        Weiser Pond (Weiser)           10:00am-2:00pm

May 15        Sawyers Pond (Emmett)       4:00pm-8:00pm

May 16        McDevitt Pond (Boise)          4:00pm-8:00pm

May 18        Sego Prairie Pond (Kuna)     10:00am-2:00pm

May 22        Marsing Pond (Marsing)       4:00pm-8:00pm

May 23       Wilson Ponds (Nampa)          4:00pm-8:00pm

May 25        Eagle Island Pond (Eagle)     10:00am-2:00pm

Southwest Region Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule for the Month of May

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing
more than 70,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during May.

LOCATION                                       WEEK STOCKED         NUMBER OF TROUT

Caldwell Pond #2                                            May 6                                     500

Cascade Reservoir                                          May 13                                 12,200

Duff Lane Pond (Middleton)                          May 6                                     225

Eagle Island Park Pond                                  May 20                                    450

Application period for big game controlled hunts runs May 1 through June 5

Feeling lucky? Time to apply for fall controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear. The application period is May 1 through June 5. Resident Idaho hunters pay a $6.25 application fee, and nonresident applications are $14.75. You can apply online, at any license vendor, at Fish and Game offices, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. Remember that you will need a 2019 hunting license to apply for a controlled hunt, and mail in applications are no longer accepted. 

A full list of the hundreds of controlled hunts offered can be found in the 2019-20 Big Game Seasons and Rules booklet, which is available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices in printed form. 

If you're a new hunter, or new to Idaho, here are ten reasons why you should consider applying for a controlled big game hunt.

You can also research last year's drawing odds for controlled hunts on Fish and Game's Hunt Planner. Drawing winners will be notified by July 10.

Increase your chances by entering the Super Hunt drawing

The Super Hunt program is a separate and smaller pool of big game tags. For $6 per entry, a hunter can get added chances for controlled hunts (except black bear) because a Super Hunt tag is good for any controlled or general hunt for that specific species. Residents and nonresidents can enter the Super Hunt drawing without purchasing a license first. You can apply for Super Hunts at the same places you apply for other controlled hunts. 

May trout stocking schedule for the Panhandle Region

Hatchery crews have a busy month planting 10 to12-in rainbow trout at over 26 locations in northern Idaho. Some of the most popular Family Fishing Waters will see their first round of hatchery trout for 2019, including Spicer Pond in St. Maries, Gene Day Pond in Osburn, and Steamboat Pond on the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River.


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


April 29: Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

During the week of April 22, steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was limited to the upper areas of location code 19 near Stanley. No interviews were obtained downstream of the East Fork Salmon River due to increased river flows and poor visibility. Anglers that were interviewed in location 19 averaged 5 hours per steelhead caught and 24 hours per steelhead kept.

As of Friday, April 26, the Pahsimeroi Hatchery has trapped 2,232 hatchery steelhead, and as of Thursday, April 25, the Sawtooth Hatchery has trapped 1,649 hatchery steelhead.

This will be the last upper Salmon River steelhead report issued for the spring 2019 fishery.

Grab your fishing rod, Salmon regional waters to be stocked in May

With the warmer weather, it’s time to grab your fishing gear and go fishing.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 4,400 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following location in May.

LOCATION                                    WEEK STOCKED NUMBER OF TROUT

Blue Mountain Meadow Pond   May 6-10              300

Hayden Creek Pond                     May 13-17           500

Hayden Creek Pond                     May 20-24           500

Hyde Creek Pond                          May 13-17           200

Hyde Creek Pond                          May 20-24           200

Kids Creek Pond                           May 13-17           200

Kids Creek Pond                           May 20-24           200

Mosquito Flat Reservoir              May 20-24           1,000

Squaw Creek Pond                       May 6-10             300

Stanley Lake                                  May 20-24           1,000

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

In addition, personnel from Fish and Game’s Pahsimeroi Hatchery stocked Blue Mountain Meadow Pond at the Challis Golf Course and Squaw Creek Pond near Clayton with approximately 100 steelhead each on April 25. Steelhead stocked in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit.

Anglers can find more detailed information on each of these waters, including maps, facilities, species present, stocking records, and fishing rules by visiting the Idaho Fishing Planner.  

Ten reasons why you should consider applying for a controlled big game hunt

Controlled hunt application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear hunts runs May 1 to June 5, and it’s an excellent opportunity to try for a chance at Idaho’s best hunts. For new hunters, or people who’ve recently moved to Idaho, controlled hunts may seem complicated, but there are good reasons to apply for them. 

While fall hunts may seem far away, the 2019-20 Big Game rules booklets are now available online and in print, and now is a good time to check out what’s available for general and controlled hunts. Winners will be posted online by July 10. 

General hunts provide a lot of flexibility, and in most cases, there’s an unlimited number of tags for residents. (Some elk zones have a limited number of tags available, but are still sold over the counter.)

While it takes some research to determine which controlled hunt is right for you, and you’re limited to that hunt in most cases, there are still many advantages to controlled hunts, and here are some: 

Steelhead to be stocked in Blue Mountain Meadow and Squaw Creek ponds

Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game's Pahsimeroi Hatchery will release 100 steelhead each in Blue Mountain Meadow Pond and Squaw Creek Pond by Friday, April 26.

Blue Mountain Meadow Pond is adjacent to the golf course in Challis. Squaw Creek Pond is located about 3 miles west of Clayton on Highway 75, then north across the Salmon River on the Squaw Creek Road .8 of a mile.

The trout limit is 6, all species combined. Steelhead stocked in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Both ponds will also receive hundreds of catchable rainbow trout in the coming weeks.

For more information on local fishing spots geared toward families and the likelihood of catching fish, visit Family Fishing Waters