Press Release

May 2021

F&G and partners improve hunter access to Joseph Plains Wildlife Habitat Area

A partnership between Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Idaho Fish and Game allowed access to this unique property to be improved for hunters and recreationists. Adjacent state and federal lands is also now more accessible due to recent improvements. 

Hatchery highlights for June: Notable fish stockings around the state

Idaho Fish and Game is stocking 300,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout throughout the state in June. With so many fish stocked in so many places, it can be hard for anglers to sift through the stocking forecasts and records to identify noteworthy stocking events. To make it easier, we asked Fish and Game hatchery staff to highlight some stocking events for the month:

Fish and Game seeks angler input on salmon/steelhead changes for 2022-24

Anglers who fish in Idaho’s Clearwater Region are encouraged to participate in a survey about potential changes to salmon and steelhead fishing seasons for 2022-24. Fish and Game is asking for public comment on potential changes to season and limits for fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead in the Clearwater, Snake and lower Salmon rivers. Results from the survey will be considered by the Fish and Game Commission in November when they set fall salmon and steelhead fishing seasons and limits for the next three years. 

"Angler surveys like this are one of many steps we take when considering changes to fishing rules. It’s one way we can help ensure our fisheries program is providing what anglers want," said Lance Hebdon, Fish and Game's Anadromous Fishery Manager. 

Starting on June 1 until June 16 anglers can comment on these proposal options in three ways: 

  • Anglers who bought a salmon or steelhead permit during the last five years and provided their email address will receive an email invitation to the online survey on June 1.  
  • Anglers who don’t receive an email survey can take the survey on the Fish and Game website: https://idfg.idaho.gov/comment
  • Anglers can attend a public meeting to listen to presentations about each of the proposals, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Public meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at:

Lewiston: June 16, Idaho Fish and Game Office, 3316 16th Street.

Orofino: June 17, Best Western Lodge At River’s Edge, 615 Main Street.

The surveys will be available starting June 1 and will close on June 16. Results from angler surveys are important to help fishery managers understand angler preference and help shape fishing seasons for the next three years.

Two virtual Project Wild courses begin June 10 and July 1

Are you seeking fun, valuable and easy-to-use lessons to teach children and students of all ages about the many of wonders of nature? Project WILD through Idaho Fish and Game is offering two workshops for adults starting in June. The workshops are mostly virtual and on your own time. Professional development credit for teachers is available through NNU.  One professional development credit is offered for each workshop.  

Participants can register online at register-ed.com/programs/idaho/187-project-wild-workshops.

WILD About Bees will launch on June 10. Cost of the workshop is $10. This includes virtual lesson plans and activities on a Google Sites platform.  If you are seeking credit, or would like to volunteer for a bee counting survey, there is an additional cost of around $20 for a bee net and vials for collecting. Credit is an additional $60.  

WILD About Anadromous (Ocean Going) Fish will launch July 1. Cost of workshop is $20, which includes the Google Sites virtual lesson plans on salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey. For individuals seeking professional development, attendance of a 2.5 hour “salmon session” at the MK Nature Center is also required. Dates for that will be determined, but several sessions will be offered, most likely the week of July 19.  

Call or email Lori Adams at lori.adams@idfg.idaho.gov or 208-863-3236 for more information.

Salmon Region waters to be stocked with trout in June

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 29,800 trout in the 10-12 inch range at the following location in June.

Location, Week Stocked, Number of Trout

  • Alturas Lake, June 7-11, 1,740
  • Bayhorse Lake, June 14-18, 2,000
  • Blue Mt. Meadow Pond, June 7-11, 400
  • Capehorn Lake, June 7-11 & June 28-July 2, 600 total
  • Hayden Creek Pond, June 7-11 & June 28-July 2, 1,000 total
  • Hyde Creek Pond, June 7-11 & June 28-July 2, 400 total
  • Iron Lake, June 28-July 2, 1,000
  • Josephus Lake (Upper and Lower), June 21-25, 800 total
  • Kids Creek Pond, June 7-11 & June 28-July 2, 800 total
  • Little Bayhorse Lake, June 14-18, 1,000
  • Meadow Lake, June 28-July 2, 2,000
  • Mosquito Flat Reservoir, June 21-25, 1000
  • Perkins Lake, June 14-18, 600
  • Salmon River (Decker Flat to Torrey’s Hole), June 14-18 & June 28-July 2, 8,000 total
  • Sawtooth Kids Pond, June 7-11, June 21-25 & June 28-July 2; 700 total
  • Squaw Creek Pond, June 7-11, 300
  • Stanley Lake, June 7-11, 2,100
  • Valley Creek, June 14-18 & June 28-July 2, 1,500 total
  • Wallace Lake, June 28-July 2, 1,500 (Tiger Trout)
  • Yankee Fork Dredge Ponds, June 7-11, June 21-25 & June 28-July 2, 2,40 total

The number of trout actually released may be altered by weather, road 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 Fishing Planner on Fish and Game’s website.

Chinook fishing on Lower Salmon River closes May 28

Idaho Fish and Game is closing salmon fishing on the Lower Salmon River, effective at the end of fishing hours on May 28, as Chinook salmon harvest is approaching current harvest objectives.

Chinook fishing will close from Rice Creek bridge upstream to Vinegar Creek. Seasons remain open on the Little Salmon River and Snake River.

Idaho Fish and Game fisheries staff provide detailed salmon fishing updates in videos every Wednesday during the season, which can be viewed at idfg.idaho.gov/fish/chinook/rules. Anglers can also find more details about the closure and Chinook fishing in general in this article by Clearwater Region fisheries manager Joe Dupont, who also provides updates throughout the season.