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.
Fall isn’t just for hunting! Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game’s hatcheries in the Southeast Region will be releasing over 21,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at various locations during September. Fish on!
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!
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.
Fishing continues to be great in the Upper Snake Region heading into September. The cooler weather means it is only going to get better! Don't miss your chance to throw in a line at these great locations that will be full of fish.
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.
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.
LOCATION WEEK STOCKED NUMBER OF TROUT
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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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.
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
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.
Here is the 2019 Sage-grouse Seasons and Rules booklet with maps of open areas.
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.
Whether it is a large number of fish being stocked relative to the size of the water, a unique species, a new location, or a one-time-only stocking, hatchery staff point out stocking events of interest for anglers.
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