Press Release

March 2022

Kokanee fishing workshops coming to Southwest Idaho on April 2 and April 23

Idaho Fish and Game and local tackle manufacturer Kokabow Fishing Tackle LLC are partnering to provide a one-stop shop for all things kokanee during two workshops in April.

Idaho Fish and Game staff will be on hand to discuss kokanee biology and management, and talk about the status of our region's most popular kokanee fisheries. Alan Greenhalgh, owner of Kokabow FIshing Tackle, will provide a wealth of information about kokanee fishing techniques – covering equipment, tackle and trolling.

"These workshops provide a great avenue for anglers to understand not only the incredible amount of effort that Fish and Game puts into providing and managing world-class kokanee fisheries in the Southwest Region and how those fisheries are currently faring, but also – probably more important for many anglers – how to best take advantage of the great kokanee fishing opportunities that surround them," Butts said. "Mr. Greenhalgh does a great job of providing that information to anglers."

The first of the two workshops will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Regional Office in Nampa (15950 N. Gate Blvd.). The second will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Fish and Game Headquarters in Boise (600 S. Walnut St.). Both workshops are free to attend.

"We are hoping for a good turnout, and are looking forward to seeing anglers out at these events," Butts said.

The opportunity to fish for some of the state’s biggest bass is now (and you don’t need to be a seasoned tournament pro to have a successful outing)

While both largemouth and smallmouth bass can be targeted during the majority of the calendar year, the first few weeks of April as water temperatures begin to rise marks perhaps the most exciting time to target trophy bass. All it takes is a little understanding of a bass’s habitat, their spawning cycle, water temperature dynamics and directions to a nearby fishery. Put it all together and you get a recipe for one heck of a weekend fishing for America’s most popular game fish. 

Fish and Game seeks volunteers to plant sagebrush to rehabilitate fire damaged winter range in the Magic Valley

The Badger Fire in 2020 burned thousands of acres of critical big game winter range and sage grouse habitat in the front country and mountains south of Twin Falls. The intensity of the fire that burned on both BLM and Sawtooth National Forest land destroyed not only mature sagebrush plants but also burned so hot that it burned sagebrush seed that was in the soil. To jump start the regrowth of the important habitat, biologists with Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region are seeking volunteers to help plant sagebrush seedlings on two upcoming Saturday’s in April in the Antelope Valley area south of Hansen.

The goal is to plant 15,000 seedlings over two weekends.

The first planting will be held on Saturday April 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the second planting will be held on Saturday April 16, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   

Young hunters get early shot at a gobbler beginning April 8 near Salmon and Challis

Fifty young turkey hunters get an early shot during Idaho's Youth-Only controlled turkey hunt that runs April 8 through May 25 in the Salmon and Challis areas.    

“These youth-only hunts were created to increase opportunities and promote hunting as a safe, enjoyable and family-oriented activity,” said Dennis Newman, Fish and Game wildlife manager based in Salmon.  “For adults, they are great way to introduce a new hunter to the sport, especially the safety, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting.”   

Currently, all turkey hunting in Fish and Game’s Salmon Region is regulated through controlled hunts for both the spring and fall seasons, and the vast majority of birds will be found on private lands.  Not only are all hunters required to get permission from landowners prior to hunting, but being extra safe is crucial for these hunts.   

Helping remove dead wildlife is part of living in a rural town

As the local deer herd has grown, so has the number of dead and injured deer in town. The McCall Idaho Department of Fish and Game office has received over 50 calls reporting dead or injured deer this winter.  

“We are a small office, and have staff in the field during much of the winter conducting wildlife surveys,” says Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley. “We prioritize calls that come in, and often do not have staff available to help remove dead wildlife.”

Injured or dead wildlife that are causing a hazard on a highway or other main road generally are a high priority. Fish and Game works with state or local road departments to move these off to the side of road. Poaching reports, efforts to assess injured wildlife, or accomplishing time-sensitive data collection are also high-priority tasks.

Fish and Game may be able to assist with dead wildlife found in yards, driveways, golf courses or parks, but often cannot get to these quickly because of other, higher priority calls.

“We recommend that people call us to report dead animals, but then remove the animals themselves,” Berkley said.  

Smaller animals can be bagged and placed in a dumpster. Larger animals are harder to deal with, but can be moved into nearby woods or loaded into a truck bed for transport. Some local pest removal companies also remove dead animals for a fee.

One exception is if you suspect the animal was killed illegally or observe a bullet or arrow wound. In this case, please leave the animal as you found it and contact the local Fish and Game or Sheriff’s office.

Fish and Game urges residents to help reduce the number of dead or injured deer by reducing driving speeds, especially during winter months and at night. Berkley also asks residents to avoid feeding deer, as this is what keeps deer in town during winter and contributes to high deer numbers.

Hunter Education course in Lewiston April 21-23

Idaho Fish and Game will be hosting a hunter education course in Lewiston April 21-23, 2022. The cost of the class is $9.75. Hunter education is required for all hunters born after January 1st, 1975. If you are interested in attending this course, please register at Event - Hunter Ed Certification: Instructor-led, Active Learning Pre-Study - April 21, 2022 in Lewiston, ID (register-ed.com) or stop by the Idaho Fish and Game regional office at 3316 16th St. Lewiston to register in-person. Call the regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. 

March 28 Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River began to shift upstream during the past week. The highest amount of angler effort was observed near the Pahsimeroi River confluence in location code 17. Angler effort downstream of North Fork decreased compared to last week's report, and angler effort upstream of Challis continued to increase.

The best catch rates for the week were reported by anglers upstream of the East Fork in location code 19. Anglers interviewed within this area averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 21 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 70 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged 39 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 40 hours per steelhead caught. No anglers interviewed downstream of the East Fork in location code 18 reported catching a steelhead.

Rainbow trout stocking schedule for April 2022 in the Magic Valley Region

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 63,700 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in April. 

Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (angler safety concerns); dates may change due to weather or staffing constraints.

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