Press Release

June 2019

Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing Trailer headed to Idaho’s southeast corner in July!

The Take Me Fishing Trailer is back for its tenth year of spreading fishing fun around the Southeast Region, and during the month of July, it will be headed to the communities of Montpelier, Malad City, Preston, and Soda Springs!

July trout stocking schedule for the Panhandle Region

Trout stocking is winding down for the summer as water temperatures heat up in many of the Panhandle’s low elevation lakes and ponds. Nevertheless, opportunities are still available to catch some of this year’s crop of stocked, “magnum” 10 to 12-inch rainbow trout.

 

Many of these waters are scenic spots that make a great destination to take family and friends on a summer fishing adventure.

 

Location

Week stocked

Number of fish

Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in July

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 36,500 trout in the 10-12 inch range at the following location in July.

Location, Week Stocked, Number of Trout

  • Alturas Lake, July 1-5, 1,740
  • Blue Mt. Meadow Pond, July 1-5, 300
  • Capehorn Lakes, July 1-5 & July 8-12, 800 total
  • Hayden Creek Pond, July 8-12 & July 22-26, 1,000 total
  • Iron Lake, July 1-5 & July 29-Aug. 2, 2,000 total
  • Josephus lakes (upper and lower), July 29-Aug. 2, 2,800
  • Kids Creek Pond, July 8-12 & July 22-26, 400 total
  • Little Bayhorse Lake, July 29-Aug. 2, 1,000
  • Meadow Lake, July 1-5, 2,000
  • Perkins Lake, July 15-19, 300
  • Salmon River (Decker Flat to Torrey’s Hole), each week, 13,570 total
  • Sawtooth Kids Pond, July 1-5, July 15-19, July 29-Aug. 2, 600 total
  • Squaw Creek Pond, July 1-5, 300
  • Stanley Lake, July 1-5 & July 22-26, 4,200 total
  • Valley Creek, each week, 2,000 total
  • Wallace Lake, July 1-5, 1,500
  • Yankee Fork Dredge Ponds, July 1-5 & July 15-19, 2,000 total

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.

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.

Pick up 2019 controlled hunt drawing tags by August 1

Results of the elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunt draw have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters who already have an account can check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags at https://idfg.huntfishidaho.net/login.

Those without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunt Results web page.

Applicants who provided an email address will receive an email notification informing them of their draw results, and postcards will be mailed to successful applicants by July 10, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the hunter to determine whether he or she was drawn.

Successful applicants must purchase their controlled hunt tags by Aug. 1. Any tags not purchased by Aug. 1 will be forfeited. All unclaimed tags, along with controlled hunt tags no one applied for, will be available in a second drawing, with the application period running from from Aug. 5 through Aug. 15. Successful applicants for the second drawing will be notified by Aug. 25.

After the second drawing, any leftover tags will be sold first-come, first-served beginning Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Hunters who did not draw a tag still have the opportunity to get a prime deer, elk, pronghorn or moose hunt through the Super Hunt program, which is separate from and different than other controlled hunts. Super Hunt entries are $6 each, or $20 each for the Super Hunt combo, and people can apply as many times as they like.

Biologists to begin grizzly bear research trapping in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Department Fish and Game biologists will begin trapping efforts in the Upper Snake Region from June 30 until the end of August. Trapping will primarily take place in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest within the caldera in Island Park, west of Highway 20 along the Centennial Mountain Range, and the Cave Falls area near the Wyoming border.

When trapping operations are being conducted, the area around the trap site will be marked with bright warning and closure signs. It is important that the public respect these signs and not enter posted areas.

Bear Capture Sign
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Captured bears are sedated and handled in accordance with strict protocols developed by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. Bears that meet our criteria are fitted with a radio collar.

Island Park black bear euthanized

F&G euthanized an adult male black bear on June 23 after it had become food conditioned and habituated to humans. Multiple sightings of the bear getting into garbage and poking around cabins in the Mack’s Inn area of Island Park occurred over the past several weeks.

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“The bear had become accustomed to finding food rewards from humans and no longer showed fear of people,” says Bear Biologist Jeremy Nicholson with F&G. “It started peeking in peoples windows during the daylight hours and made no efforts to avoid humans.”

With thousands of campers, anglers, and hikers venturing outdoors, the potential for human interactions with bears is on the rise. Fish and Game encourages people to be mindful of their food and garbage and make sure it is inaccessible to bears. The same cautions apply to homeowners in bear country.

July Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule - SW Region

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 41,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during July.

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

Location         Week Stocked         Number of Trout

Banner Summit (Little Bull Trout #1) Lake (Grandjean)      July 8, 22      700/700

Boise River – Barber Park to Glenwood Bridge      July 8, 22     1,440/1,440

Boise River – Eagle Bridge to Middleton      July 8, 22      1,080/1,080

Boise River, Middle Fork      July 15      1,750

Boise River, North Fork      July 8, 22      1,750/1,750

Boulder Meadows Reservoir (Lake Fork)      July 15     1,200

Bull Trout Lake (Grandjean)      July 1, 15      1,000/1,000

Bull Trout Lake #2, Little (Grandjean)      July 8, 22     200/200

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds      July 8     600

Marsing Pond     July     1,450

Martin Lake (Grandjean)      July 8, 22     600/600

Payette Lake (McCall)      July 1      5,000

Payette Lake, Upper (McCall)      July 1     5,000

Payette River, Middle Fork      July 8, 22      750/750

Payette River, South Fork      July 8, 22      1,750/1,750

Sage Hen Reservoir (Smiths Ferry)      July 1      2,400

Silver Creek (Crouch)      July 15, 22      750/750

Warm Lake      July 1      5,000

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

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)      July 1, 15      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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Pretty Privies: Three Teton Valley restrooms receive an artistic makeover

The next time nature calls and you step into a Fish and Game outhouse to take care of business, you may be greeted by a different form of bathroom art than you are used to. Three Fish and Game restrooms along the Teton River have been painted with beautiful wildlife murals showcasing the talent of local artists.

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Artwork by Helen Seay

These works of art are a part of a growing trend in Idaho to deter vandalism and provide local artists the opportunity showcase their work. Artists Helen Seay and Nicolette Maw were commissioned by various non-government organizations in Teton Valley to perform the work. Fish and Game supplied the paint and a blank restroom wall ready to be transformed.