Press Release

August 2021

Panhandle Region is monitoring for disease outbreak that is affecting white-tailed deer in the Clearwater Region

The Panhandle Region has not received many reports of dead or sick deer to-date, but biologists are interested in receiving information regarding any sick or dead deer around the area.

September fish stocking schedule for the Salmon Region

It’s time to grab your fishing gear and go fishing.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 4,600 catchable-sized (10 to 12-inch) rainbow trout at the following location in September:

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Mike Demick - IDFG

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 Fishing Planner on Fish and Game’s website.

 

Magic Valley Region rainbow trout stocking schedule for September 2021

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 26,700 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.

 

For maps of these Idaho fishing locations and other angling destinations please visit the Fish Planner.

 

Body of Water

Week to be Stocked

Compound expansion project at Lewiston F&G office begins early Sept

Lewiston Fish and Game office is undertaking the first phase of a regional office compound expansion project. The project(s) are being completed to make improvements to the regional office and compound area to meet expanded program needs now and into the future.

Walleye locations in Lake Pend Oreille during late-August

Walleye concentrations have not changed much since the July update, with most fish still located primarily in the western portions of Lake Pend Oreille.  

Most walleyes are near the Sandpoint bridges, in the northern portions of Oden Bay and around Fisherman's Island.  Walleye also continue to be found in the Pend Oreille River, with several tagged fish found recently near Laclede and Thama.  In the last few weeks, walleye concentrations have been increasing in the lower Clark Fork River as well. 

Walleye by Joseph R. Tomellerri
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Joseph R. Tomellerri

 

There aren't many northern pike tagged right now, but the Clark Fork area, drift yard, delta and Denton slough have had the most pike activity.  

Tips for safely removing a bat from your house

A recent report of a rabid bat in Blaine County has raised concerns with homeowners who find a bat in their house and how to safely remove it. While the rate of rabies in bats in Idaho is extremely low, as with any wild animal, personal safety is always encouraged when handling and releasing any wildlife.

Bats, as with all mammals, are a natural host for rabies in Idaho under the right circumstances. A bite is the primary way rabies is transmitted. Other exposures that could also be considered high risk for infection include contacting nervous tissue (brain or spinal cord) from a potentially rabid animal.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Laboratories is the only facility in Idaho that tests animals for rabies.

Historically, rabid bats have been reported from most counties in Idaho and are usually detected from March to November. Between 2010 and 2020 the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories found an average of 15 bats tested positive each year for rabies across the state.

 

How to safely move a bat

 

Edson Fichter Nature Talks coming in September

Have you wanted to learn more about the history of the Edson Fichter Nature Area in Pocatello? Its purpose? What fish and wildlife call this area home? Things to do there? Then come on out to a free lecture series this September!

Hear from guest speakers on a variety of topics focused on this special place. These evening chats will be held at the outdoor amphitheater at Edson Fichter Nature Area every Thursday, Sept. 9 – Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
 

  • September 9 - Edson Fichter: His Legacy and the Nature Area in His Name
    Jennifer Jackson and Maria Pacioretty, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
     
  • September 16 - Fishes of the Portneuf River
    Ernest Keeley, ISU Fish Ecology Lab, Professor of Biological Sciences

 

  • September 23 - Birds in the Portneuf Area
    Austin Young, ISU Biological Sciences, Masters Student

 

  • September 30 - What Mammals are Here?
    Don Streubel, ISU Retired Professor of Biological Sciences


Audience members are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for sitting in and around the outdoor amphitheater. Seating is limited, so come early to get a good spot. In the event of inclement weather, cancellations may occur.

Please note that CDC guidelines for outdoor events will be encouraged as part of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

If you have any questions, need directions, or would like additional information, please call the Idaho Fish and Game office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703.  We look forward to seeing you there!