Press Release

May 2019

Get outside with the Take Me Fishing Trailer this summer!

The Take Me Fishing Trailer is back for its tenth year of spreading fishing fun around the region!

The trailer has all the gear and bait you need, and you don’t even need a fishing license as long as you register at the trailer. Plus, there is staff on-hand to teach you what you need to know about fishing, from casting to reeling in a feisty fish.

The fishing trailer is coming to a fishery near you this summer, starting with the following events:

  • Tuesday, June 4, Edson Fichter Pond, 5 PM to 8 PM, Pocatello
  • Tuesday, June 11, Blacktail at Ririe Reservoir, 5 PM to 8 PM, Ririe
  • Saturday, June 15, Ashton Reservoir, 9 AM to 1 PM, Ashton
  • Tuesday, June 18, Portneuf Wellness Complex, 5 PM to 8 PM, Pocatello
  • Saturday, June 22, Portneuf Wellness Complex, 9 AM to 1 PM, Pocatello

And, that’s just the beginning! For a complete schedule of all fishing trailer events planned for summer 2019, please visit


Catch the fun on Free Fishing Day, June 8!

If you have never “dunked a worm” or “wet a fly”, you don’t know what you are missing!  And, here is your chance to find out.  Saturday, June 8, is Free Fishing Day in Idaho, which means anyone can fish without a license on any of Idaho’s waters open to fishing.  To help celebrate the day, there will be several Free Fishing Day events around southeast Idaho.

Mule deer, white-tailed deer plans available, comment period extended to June 28

Idaho Fish and Game wildlife managers are asking deer hunters to review Fish and Game’s draft management plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer and provide feedback to the department on the overall concepts of the plans and whether topics are missing that might improve them. The plans describe statewide management directions and strategies.

Officials have extended the public comment period to June 28 in an effort to allow more time for hunters to comment, which they can do online, at open houses, or by phone by calling a regional office. Open houses (see schedule below) will be held statewide to discuss the management plans, and hunters are asked to review the plans before attending. 

There are separate plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer, but both focus on a variety of topics that include population management and also frameworks and concepts for hunting seasons that will maintain sustainable deer herds and strive to meet hunters’ expectations.

Both plans are the result of extensive hunter surveys that were done in 2017-18 where mule deer and white-tailed hunters shared their expectations. Those surveys were incorporated into the draft plans, which will guide deer herd management over the next six years.

The plans are a blend of scientific information and plain language, but the overall concepts in the plans are easily understandable for the average, informed hunter. 

The plans mostly outline broad management prescriptions and concepts that typically do not go into unit-by-unit detail, nor do the plans provide season frameworks or specific rules, which are addressed in the big game season setting and rules process.

After hunters review and comment on the draft plans, wildlife managers will incorporate those comments and revise plans, then present a final draft to the Fish and Game Commission during summer. 

June trout stocking schedule for the Panhandle Region

It feels like summer in northern Idaho and anglers across the region have been enjoying the nice weather and bountiful fishing opportunities on our many lakes, ponds and streams. To add to the fun, over 32,000 rainbow trout sized between 10 to 12 inches are set to be stocked in Panhandle waterbodies this June.

With Free Fishing Day on June 8, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of these freshly stocked trout. No fishing license is needed anywhere in Idaho. All other fishing regulations still apply. For a list of statewide events check out

The number of trout actually released may change due to weather, water conditions, equipment problems or access issues. If delays occur, trout will be released when conditions become favorable.


Week stocked

Number of trout

F&G and Idaho Parks team up to offer loaner fishing gear

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is eager to announce a new partnership with the Idaho  Fish and Game: The State Park Fishing Equipment Loaner Program! 

The program, which will include six parks, is aimed to increase awareness of the many fishing opportunities within Idaho’s state parks. With fishing locations at, or near, most parks, IDPR and Fish and Game wanted to eliminate some of the barriers that might coincide with those interested in fishing—such as lack of equipment. Each of the participating parks will receive 16 rods and will have access to tackle and bait for park visitors. 

The first six parks will be piloting the program for the season; both agencies hope to increase the number of participating parks in the coming years. 

If you are interested in the State Park Fishing Equipment Loaner Program, please visit,, or stop by one of the following Idaho state parks:

Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in June

It’s time to grab your fishing gear and take the family fishing.

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Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 22,540 rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range at the following location in June.

Location, Week Stocked, Number of Trout

Alturas Lake, June 10-14, 1,740

Bayhorse Lake, June 24-28, 2,000

Blue Mt. Meadow Pond, June 3-7, 300

Capehorn Lake, June 3-7, 300

Hayden Creek Pond, June 3-7 & June 17-21, 1,000 total

Hyde Creek Pond, June 3-7 & June 17-21, 400 total

Kids Creek Pond, June 3-7 & June 17-21, 400 total

Little Bayhorse Lake, June 17-21, 1,000

Mosquito Flat Reservoir, June 24-28, 1,500

Catch some fun on Free Fishing Day June 8

Saturday, June 8 is Idaho’s Free Fishing Day and 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. Fishing equipment will be available for use and experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the basics at these local events:

  • 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, participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment if possible.

For more information about local fishing opportunities, contact the Fish and Game office in Salmon at 208-756-2271 or visit the Idaho Fishing Planner.

Monday nights mean family, fishing and fun all summer long at Becker Pond

Fish and Game has teamed up with the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation again this year to conduct a free fishing event at Becker Pond every Monday night throughout the summer. The first event will be on Memorial Day, May 27, with the last event taking place on Labor Day, September 2.