Press Release

September 2019

Motorized Watercraft Restriction on Gray's Meadow Segment of Coeur d'Alene River WMA

Effective October 1, 2019, and until further notice, the Gray’s Meadow segment of the Coeur d’Alene River WMA is posted against public use of motorized watercraft on a year-round basis.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game responded to public requests for non-motorized hunting and other recreational opportunities on various segments of the Coeur d’Alene WMA. After an initial proposal and receiving public feedback, IDFG decided to close the Gray’s Meadow segment to all motorized watercraft, while not restricting motorized use on the Black Rock Slough segment of the WMA. 

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Respect and courtesy to landowners are essential when hunting private land

With many of Idaho's hunting seasons in progress or to begin soon, Idaho Fish and Game urges hunters to be conscious of their actions and act responsibly when hunting private land.

"We are fortunate that the majority of hunters are respectful and considerate to landowners,” said Sal Palazzolo, private lands coordinator for Idaho Fish and Game. “But each year, we deal with problems related to irresponsible behavior of a few.”

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Access to private land can be a challenge for Idaho hunters. Yet each year, landowners restrict access to their property because of conflicts with hunters. Trespassing, litter, property damage, and discharging firearms close to livestock or buildings being the main reasons. Unfortunately, the careless actions of a few are causing access to quality hunting to disappear for the rest.

Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in October

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock 1,200 rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range in late September-early October at the following locations:

Location; Week Stocked; Number of Trout

  • Kids Creek Pond; Sept. 30 – Oct. 4; 200
  • Mosquito Flat Reservoir; Sept. 30 – Oct. 4; 1,000

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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.

Fish and Game recently stocked over 160 giant trout, which average 9 pounds, into Hayden Pond and Kid’s Creek Pond on September 20.

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.

Waterfowl forecast: Total duck numbers down from last year but most populations above long-term averages

While hunting success will ultimately be determined by myriad local conditions during the 2019-20 season, this year’s North American Waterfowl Breeding and Population Habitat Survey offers hunters a glimpse of what the fall migration and hunting seasons might look like. Here is a look at the numbers:

Magic Valley Region rainbow trout stocking schedule for October 2019

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking nearly 37,000 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during October. 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

Salmon Falls Creek                      Sept 30-Oct 4                                                300

Frank Oster Lake #1                    Sept 30-Oct 4                                                360

Dog Creek Reservoir                        Oct 7-11                                                  5,000

Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond       Oct 7-11                                                    345

Blair Trail Pond                                  Oct 7-11                                                 2,000

Niagara Springs                                Oct 7-11                                                    250

Crystal Springs Lake                        Oct 7-11                                                    300

Lake Walcott                                    Oct 14 -18                                             24,000

Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond      Oct 14-18                                                  345

Connor Pond                                    Oct 14-18                                               2,000

Freedom Park Pond                        Oct 14-18                                                 700

Emerald Lake                                   Oct 14-18                                                 750

Crystal Springs Lake                       Oct 21-25                                                 300

Hagerman State Fish Hatchery announces new gate closure times

Officials with the Hagerman State Fish Hatchery have announced that effective immediately entry gates will close at sunset each day. Over the last several years the gates have closed at 10:00 p.m. but due to increased vandalism and theft at the hatchery, the gates will now automatically close at sunset.

“We realize that visitors have been able to remain on hatchery grounds after sunset in the past” stated Joe Chapman, Hatchery Manager, “but to protect the state’s investment in rearing fish for anglers we need to start restricting access once it becomes dark.”

The hatchery grounds will continue to be open to the public seven days per week from sunrise to sunset.

More additional information please contact the Hagerman State Hatchery at (208) 837-4892 or the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Fish and Game Property Vandalized - Public's Help Sought

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent vandalism of an access gate at the Birding Island North segment of the Payette River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The segment is located about three miles north of New Plymouth, Idaho.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a $1,000 reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Deputies from the Payette County Sheriff’s Office discovered the badly damaged gate on Sunday, September 22nd and relayed their discovery to Fish and Game district conservation officer Mark Sands.

Clearwater Region’s Pheasant Release Program ready for 2019 Season

Idaho Department of Fish & Game will be stocking pheasants at the Palouse River Upland Game Area and the Peterson Loop Access YES site. Pheasant releases will occur during the youth-only season (October 5-11) as well as the general season (October 12-December 31).