Press Release

February 2021

Clearwater region waters to be stocked with trout in March

Idaho Fish and Game staff will be stocking catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout at four Clearwater region locations this March. This will be the first load of hatchery fish making their way into Clearwater region waters during 2021 with thousands more hatchery fish scheduled to be stocked throughout the region this spring as conditions allow.

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March fish stocking schedule for the Upper Snake Region

Fish and Game staff will be stocking catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout at Gem Lake in the Upper Snake Region in March. This will be the first load of hatchery fish making their way into Upper Snake waters during the 2021 year with over 200,000 more to follow throughout the region as conditions allow. 

Catching fish for the future: F&G needs anglers to provide more steelhead for hatchery broodstock

Brood collection has started to pick up, but Fish and Game needs 252 breeding pairs from the South Fork of the Clearwater River to meet its goal of providing adult steelhead for its hatchery program. So far, with the help of over 130 anglers, they caught and held in tubes 49 steelhead and sent 41 of those to the hatchery (26 females and 15 males).

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Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in March

Idaho Fish and Game will stock 950 rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range at two local waters March 8-12th.  

Hayden Creek Pond, a family friendly fishing area along Hayden Creek, will receive 650 trout. Anglers will find ample bank fishing opportunities, restroom, and a dock for anglers with limited mobility.

Kids Creek Pond, located in the Salmon city limits, will receive 300 trout. A fishing dock, pavilion with picnic tables, restroom, and number of benches makes this a convenient place for families to enjoy the outdoors.

The stocking date and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions. 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 Fishing Planner on Fish and Game’s website.

Clearwater Basin Elk — History, Research & Management webinar series March 22 & 24

Elk seminars will highlight the results of the Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative along with presentations on the history of elk and elk management in the basin, the Idaho Fish and Game elk management plan, and how these research results are being used by managers.

Catch of the day: One angler's exciting experience ice fishing in the Panhandle Region

Avid anglers reel in one of the biggest pike they've ever caught while ice fishing in the Panhandle. The ice fishing experience will be one these anglers will never forget. "What an exciting moment to watch my son catch his largest pike." said Mike Nunemacher. 

Feb. 22: Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Angler effort over the weekend was low, and the majority of interviews were obtained in location code 17 between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers. No interviews were obtained from downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14. Upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 27 hours per steelhead caught. Upstream of North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught, and upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 63 hours per steelhead caught. No anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 reported catching a steelhead.

River conditions varied depending on location but were generally good. On Sunday, the river had cloudy visibility downstream of the Lemhi River and clear visibility upstream of the Lemhi River with river temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 1,040 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 95 percent of average for today’s date.

As of Sunday, the Deadwater ice jam was still in place. We will continue to check the condition of the ice jam and will issue an update once it breaks up. Additionally, the Salmon River road downstream of North Fork, ID is plowed, but due to recent snowfall, parking areas are limited. Since river and road conditions can change quickly this time of year, any interested anglers are encouraged to call the Salmon Fish and Game office at (208) 756-2271.

Fish and Game offers three self-paced Project WILD courses for educators

Idaho Fish and Game’s Project WILD program will not host in-person workshops until late summer or fall, but the program will offer three courses that are self-paced with a completion deadline of May 10. 

Idaho Ecosystems with WET, WILD and PLT

This class is a “sampler platter” of three leading environmental education programs (Project WILD, Project WET and Project Learning Tree) explored through the lens of Idaho ecosystems. There are three synchronous meetings and the rest is on your own time.  

Fees: 

  • $45 registration fee (for a no-credit option) 
  • Cost with professional development credits:  $45 + $60 to NNU or BSU (Credit option includes more course work from project of your choice)

Register: Idaho Ecosystems with WILD, WET & PLT Feb. 23-March 30, 2021 · Idaho Forests Products Commission

WILD about Turkeys

This completely asynchronous, self-paced class shares numerous activities related to wild turkeys through Google Sites Platform.  Read through the activities and see how many you can make work in your curriculum!  Participants of the class receive a packet with National Wild Turkey Federations WILD about Turkey guide, a WILD about Turkey guide produced by Fish and Game, materials to make a turkey call and more! $20 registration fee (for a no credit option).  

To earn professional development credit, participants will also complete a virtual Hunter Education course for $32.50. Course is completely asynchronous, as well.  (If you’ve taken Hunter Ed, you can take Turkey Hunting 101 instead. Cost for that. $29.99. )

Complete cost for credit $112.50 ($60 to NNU & $52.50 for course work)

Register: register-ed.com/programs/idaho/187-project-wild-workshops

Application period for F&G Commission Community Challenge Grants opens March 1

Grants provide competitive funding for officially recognized nonprofit organizations to implement projects that are broadly supported by the local sporting community and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, populations, or associated recreational opportunities.

Draw results available for spring bear controlled hunts

Spring bear controlled hunt draw results are available now at license.gooutdoorsidaho.com. 

The results are posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Email notifications will be sent to those who provided an email address on their profile.

Hunters whose names were drawn can buy the controlled hunt tags through any Idaho Fish and Game license vendor. The can also buy through the online license system, or by calling 1-800-554-8685 and the tag will be mailed to them after purchase. Tags will be mailed within seven to 10 days, so allow time for shipping. 

Transactions completed over the Internet or telephone have an additional convenience fee added to the transaction.  

Hunters who were successful in the draw should receive a notification card by mail by March 10, however, it is the responsibility of hunters to find out whether their names were drawn in these hunts. Those who do not have access to the internet can either wait to receive their notification card, or visit a Fish and Game license vendor to determine draw status.

Hunters who already have a general season bear tag may exchange their general season bear tag for the appropriate controlled hunt tag. Alternatively, they may keep their general season bear tag and purchase a controlled hunt bear tag.

Any exchanges of tags must be completed at an Idaho Fish and Game office, and reduced priced tags or second bear tags cannot be exchanged for a controlled hunt tag.

Citizen Shooting Range Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 24

The Citizen Shooting Range Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. MST. Committee members are participating by a combination of in-person attendance and video conferencing, which the Department is hosting at the Nampa Regional Office, 15950 N. Gate Blvd.

While this meeting is informational and no action will be taken, it is open to the public. Committee members are scheduled to review and discuss Range Grant applications that Fish and Game staff have received for the 2022 fiscal year. Due to the Governor’s Stage 3 Stay Healthy Order, dated Feb. 2, 2021, gatherings, including public meetings, are limited to 50 persons or less in physical attendance. People who wish to observe are encouraged to live stream the meeting via Zoom.

Link to Zoom Meeting: https://idfg.idaho.gov/ZJW

Call-in number: 1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 922 0794 4972

This is the second meeting of the committee, which was created by Idaho law in 2020 and serves an advisory role to assist Fish and Game in evaluating the shooting range grant applications that the department solicits each year. The volunteer committee consists of members of the public who actively use shooting ranges and are familiar with the elements for safe public shooting ranges in their communities. They also represent a diversity of shooting opportunities that include hunters, recreational and competitive shooters.