Press Release

October 2021

Upper Snake and Salmon regions experiencing pheasant shortage for stocking

Due to supply and distribution issues with a contractor hired to provide pheasants to Fish and Game Wildlife Management Areas and other stocking locations in the Upper Snake and Salmon Region, pheasants will be redistributed statewide in an effort to supply pheasants during the remainder of the hunting season at a reduced stocking rate per area. 

November trout stocking schedule for the Southeast Region

As you head out for some hunting this fall, don’t forget your fishing pole!  9,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout are headed to two Southeast Region locations during November. This is in addition to over 210,000 fish already released this fall in this part of the state! Now, that’s quite the fish story!

Wood River Valley website to provide residents with information to reduce human – wildlife conflicts

The Wood River Valley Wildlife Smart Communities Coalition recently launched, which provides people with information about how to live safely with wildlife, including mountain lions and black bears. Most of the information provided applies statewide. 

Magic Valley Region rainbow trout stocking schedule for November 2021

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 1,900 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in November. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate and may change without notice due to water or weather conditions.


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Filer Kids Pond & Filer Pond

Pelt Preparation demonstration day to be hosted by the Intermountain Fur Harvesters in the Panhandle on Nov. 13

Whether you are a seasoned trapper looking to improve your pelt preparation skills, a hunter looking to properly care for a hide or someone with no hunting and trapping experience, you are invited to attend a Pelt Preparation demonstration day on Nov. 13.

Trout to be stocked in early November near Salmon

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock 1,400 rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range at three local waters the second week of November.

  • Hayden Creek Pond, a family friendly fishing area along Hayden Creek, will receive 600 trout. Anglers will find ample bank fishing opportunities, restroom, and a dock for anglers with limited mobility.
  • Hyde Creek Pond, located along the Sunset Heights road just south of Salmon, will receive 400 trout. This small irrigation pond provides ideal bank fishing for beginning anglers and those who want to practice casting techniques.
  • Kids Creek Pond, located in the Salmon city limits, will receive 400 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.

Oct. 25 Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River began to progress upstream during the past week. The highest amount of angler effort continued to be located downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15, but angler effort upstream of North Fork increased considerably as more drift boats were observed in the area.

The best catch rates for the week were once again found downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14, where interviewed anglers averaged 30 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 157 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 averaged 57 hours per steelhead caught. Angler effort upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 was very low, and no interviewed anglers reported catching a steelhead.