Press Release

August 2020

Magic Valley Region rainbow trout stocking schedule for September 2020

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 39,700 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in 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

Crystal Springs Lake

Madden Creek Road on Craig Mountain WMA now open after repairs

The Madden Corrals Road which was closed back in May due to a severe washout caused by heavy rainfall and runoff is now again open to the public.  The temporary gate that was installed for the public’s safety has been removed and the public can once again travel out to the end of the road.  A collaborative effort by Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands and Idaho Department of Fish and Game brought funding together to get this road repaired just in time for the hunting season.  We ask the public to use caution on these roads as they are single lane, steep and very rough roads. Contact the regional office (208) 799-5010 for more information. 


Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in September

Even with COVID-19 concerns changing our daily lives, you can still get outside for some fishing adventures. Just remember to follow public health recommendations for social distancing, even when outdoors.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 4,500 rainbow trout in the 10 to 12- inch range at the following area waters in September. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.

Location, Number of Trout, Week Stocked

  • Blue Mt. Meadow Pond, 300, Sept. 7-11
  • Hayden Creek Pond, 1,500, Sept. 7-11
  • Hyde Creek Pond, 600, Sept 7-11
  • Kids Creek Pond, 600, Sept. 7-11
  • Mosquito Flat Reservoir, 1,500, Sept. 14-18

Anglers can find more detailed information on each water, including maps, facilities, species present, stocking records, and fishing rules by visiting the Fishing Planner on Fish and Game’s website.

Fish salvage order issued for Big Wood River below Magic Dam and Richfield Canal diversion

Effective August 30, 2020 Fish and Game has ordered that bag and possession limits be removed on portions of the Big Wood River below the dam. The boundaries of the fish salvage are from a point beginning at the railroad trestle, approximately 1.25 miles downstream of the dam, extending to the State Highway 75 Bridge.

2020 big game hunting outlook

Deer and elk hunters should see plenty of game in Idaho during fall hunts as mild winters have helped rebound mule deer herds hit hard in recent years, and Idaho's elk herds continue to soar and harvests have come roaring back over the last six years. 

Mountain lion attacks and kills horse near Hailey

Blaine County Emergency Communications received a report in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 23, 2020 of a reported attack on a horse in the Red Elephant Gulch region of Croy Creek, west of Hailey, Idaho. Fish and Game officers investigated the report on Sunday morning, and with assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, confirmed the older mare was killed by a mountain lion while on pasture grounds.

Traps have been set in an effort to locate the mountain lion responsible for the attack.

Residents are reminded to be vigilant for wildlife, such as mountain lions, throughout the Wood River Valley. While not a typical prey source, livestock is sometimes opportunistically taken by mountain lions.

Personal safety in mountain lion country

Mountain lions have been living in the Wood River Valley long before human development began. Most residents, even those who have lived there for years, have never observed one. However, we continue to hear from residents that they are now seeing these secretive cats as they pass through their neighborhoods. Some reports include sightings of lions during daylight hours, which is not typical behavior.

Wildlife managers agree that if a person is in close proximity to a lion, meaning they see it, they should:

Southwest Region Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule - September

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           Aug. 31, Sept. 21           1,080/1,080

Boise River – Eagle Road to Middleton           Aug. 31, Sept.21           1,080/1,080

Browns Pond (McCall)           September 14           500

Fischer Pond (Cascade)        September 14           500

Indian Creek (Caldwell)          September 14          200

Indian Creek (Kuna)                September 14          300

Lowman (10-mile) Ponds      September 14          600

Marsing Pond                          August 31                450

McDevitt Pond (Boise)           September 21         900

Meadow Creek Pond (New Meadows)      September 14      500

Ol' McDonald Pond (Council)  September 14      500

Riverside Pond (Garden City)   September 21     900

Settlers Park Pond (Meridian)  September 21     250

Wilson Springs (Nampa)         Aug. 31, Sept. 14         250/250

Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa)     Aug. 31, Sept. 14       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.

- IDFG -

White-tailed deer research in Northern Idaho is providing researchers with new insights

Idaho Fish and Game researchers are currently working to improve their understanding of white-tailed deer populations in Idaho, and equip wildlife managers with the tools to better manage one of Idaho’s most popular big game species.

Leftover controlled hunt tags available Tuesday, Aug. 25

Over 200 deer tags and 200 elk tags not issued during the recent second controlled hunt drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear will go on sale first come, first served on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.

There are no leftover tags available for pronghorn or black bear. For a full list of available leftover tags, go to

Leftover tags will be available for purchase at Fish and Game offices and license vendors, online, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

Lava Point boat ramp on Magic Reservoir to undergo repairs

Long awaited repairs will begin on the Lava Point boat ramp beginning on August 24. Located on the west side of Magic Reservoir, the much needed repairs had to wait until water levels exposed the entire boat launch. The boat launch is currently inaccessible due to extreme low water levels in Magic Reservoir.

The project includes replacement of damaged sections of the existing ramp, and the installation of two 8 foot by 20 foot adjoined floating dock sections to accommodate launching and trailering boats.

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Lava Point boat launch at low water levels prior to reconstruction.

The project is expected to be completed in late fall 2020.