Press Release

August 2019

F&G expands Chinook fishing in the Clearwater River system

On Friday, Aug. 30, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approved the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s fall Chinook fishery permit, and anglers should be aware of some changes to the structure of the season in the Clearwater River, as well as modifications to the daily and possession limits in all of the state’s fall Chinook fisheries.

Project WILD workshop for teachers coming to Pocatello in September

How would you like to be a “WILD teacher”? A “WILD teacher” is one who has participated in a Project WILD workshop presented by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Participants learn about wildlife and discover fun and exciting ways to teach wildlife conservation and ecological concepts in the classroom. Plus, it is a great way to earn a credit through an Idaho university.  The next Project WILD workshop-- WILD About Early Learners-- is coming to Pocatello in September!

Prescribed burn in unit 66 may continue into the first week of September

Hunters in the Tex Creek Zone should be aware of prescribed burn activity in Unit 66. Some minor trail and area closures may be in effect into the first week of September as the Forest Service wraps up fire activity. Archery seasons for both deer and elk will be open during this time so hunters need to be aware and respect the closures for their safety. All closures will be temporary and mostly occur between Commissary Ridge and Fourth of July Ridge. All major roads in the area are expected to remain open.


F&G seeking information in mountain lion case

Fish and Game is seeking information on a young female mountain lion that was shot and left on private property near Lake Hollow in the Medicine Lodge area.

"We know it was shot between 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. Aug 28," says Officer Tim Klucken. "If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in the area during that time I would love to hear from them."   

Anyone with information regarding this case can call Officer Klucken at 208-390-0626 or report information to the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline 1-800-632-5999. An online reporting option is also available by clicking here. Informants can remain anonymous and receive a cash reward if a citation is issued in the case.

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Southwest Region September Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing more than 9,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during September.


Boise River – Barber Park to Glenwood Bridge      September 2, 23      1,080/1,080

Boise River – Eagle Road to Middleton      September 2, 23      1,080/1,080

Indian Creek (Caldwell)      September 16      200

Indian Creek (Kuna)      September 16      300

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds      September 9      600

Mariposa Pond (Boise)      September 23      125

Marsing Pond      September 2      450

McDevitt Pond (Boise)      September 23      900

Riverside Pond (Boise)      September 23      720

Settlers Park Pond (Meridian)      September 23      250

Wilson Springs (Nampa)      September 2, 16      250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)      September 2, 16      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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Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in September

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 2,900 rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range in late August-early September at the following locations:

Location; Week Stocked; Number of Trout

  • Blue Mountain Meadow Pond; Sept. 9-13; 300
  • Hayden Creek Pond; Sept. 9-13; 1,000
  • Hyde Creek Pond; Sept. 9-13; 400
  • Kids Creek Pond; Sept. 9-13; 200
  • Mosquito Flat Reservoir; Aug. 26-30; 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.

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.

Magic Valley Region trout stocking schedule for September 2019

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking nearly 29,000 10" - 12” catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during September. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.

Body of Water                              Week to be Stocked          Number to be Stocked

Niagara Springs                                    Sept 2-6                                          250

Crystal Springs Lake                            Sept 2-6                                          300

Lake Cleveland                                      Sept 2-6                                       5,200

Frank Oster Lake #1                             Sept 2-6                                          360

Riley Creek Pond                                   Sept 2-6                                          360

Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond           Sept 2-6                                          350

Riley Creek Pond                                  Sept 9-13                                        360

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir           Sept 9-13                                     5,000

Frank Oster Lake #1                           Sept 9-13                                        360

Frank Oster Lake #2                           Sept 9-13                                        250

Frank Oster Lake #3                           Sept 9-13                                        450

Frank Oster Lake #4                           Sept 9-13                                        450

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir          Sept 9-13                                      8,000

Frank Oster Lake #1                          Sept 16-20                                       360

F&G Commission approves 2019 sage-grouse season

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Aug. 22 set the 2019 sage-grouse hunting seasons and rules, which included expanded closures in Owyhee County, a restrictive two-day season in some areas in the central part of the state (see map: Zone 3), and a seven-day season in portions of Owyhee, Twin Falls, Oneida and Cassia counties.

In those portions of Owyhee, Twin Falls, Oneida and Cassia counties (Zone 2), the season will run Sept. 21-27, with the traditional one bird per day and two birds in possession bag limit. In the central part of the state (Zone 3), the two-day season will run Sept. 21-22, with a one bird per day and two birds in possession bag limit.

Sage Grouse 2019 season map
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Here is the 2019 Sage-grouse Seasons and Rules booklet with maps of open areas.

Commission approves fall Chinook fishing, reduces steelhead bag limit

Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently opened the fall Chinook salmon fishing season on the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers starting Aug. 24 and reduced the fall steelhead bag limit to one fish per day and three in possession. 

For full Chinook fishing rules see the Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules. 

For rules regarding steelhead fishing and the bag limit reduction see the Steelhead Fishing Rules

To read an indepth report on the Chinook and steelhead runs for fall angling, go to Clearwater Regional Fish Manager Joe DuPont's detailed analysis of the runs and trends.