Press Release

March 2022

F&G to host Turkey Hunting 101 webinar with BHA and NWTF

Interested in turkey hunting this spring, but not sure how to do it? Youre in luck! Idaho Fish and Game, in partnership with the Idaho Chapters of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and National Wild Turkey Federation will host a Turkey Hunting 101 Webinar on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Click here to register.

Dead trumpeter swan found hanging in tree near Oneida Narrows in southeast Idaho

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the illegal killing of a trumpeter swan near Oneida Narrows in Franklin County.

Multiple reports were recently received by Idaho Fish and Game regarding a dead swan hanging in a tree approximately a mile below Red Point Campground.

An examination of the carcass which included X-rays revealed the swan had been killed with a shotgun a few weeks prior to its discovery, possibly in early February.

It is both against state and federal laws to kill trumpeter swans.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact either:

Mark your calendars: F&G will be hosting the Lake Pend Oreille 'State of the Lake' virtual public meeting on April 5

Fishery staff from the Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Region office will share updates on the Lake Pend Oreille fishery and activities planned for 2022 at the meeting.

'Take Me Fishing' trailer events are coming to a location near you and help you learn to fish

Want to learn how to fish? All you have to bring is… you, and Idaho Fish and Game staff will take care of the rest. Fish and Game's "Take Me Fishing" trailers roam the state during spring and summer, and the trailers are loaded with loaner fishing rods, tackle, bait and staffed by experienced anglers. You don’t even need a fishing license for these special learning events, so it’s all free.

Fish and Game’s hatchery crews typically stock trout at each event site beforehand to ensure there are plenty of fish available for anglers to catch.

Take Me Fishing trailers events are usually held on weekends and after school or work. The rules for Take Me Fishing trailer events are simple:

  • Anyone who signs up at the trailer does not need a fishing license to fish during the event.
  • Fishing equipment is checked out for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Before and after the event, a fishing license is required for anyone 14 years and older.

Schedules vary for Take Me Fishing trailer events around the state, so call your Fish and Game regional office, or check Fish and Game’s "Take Me Fishing trailer" webpage for locations.

Fish and Game wants to help you get started fishing, and more important, help you learn the basics so you can go fishing by yourself, or take your family and friends to enjoy the state's amazing fishing opportunities.

All budding anglers have to do is show up at a fishing trailer event with a willingness to learn, and most important, a desire to have fun.

F&G Commission sets Chinook season to open April 23 for the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers

Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved spring Chinook fishing seasons for the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon River drainages, which will open April 23.

  • Fishing for Chinook will be open daily in the Lower Salmon River, Little Salmon River, Snake River in the mainstem Clearwater River, Middle Fork of the Clearwater River and South Fork of the Clearwater River.
  • Fishing for Chinook will be open four days per week in the North Fork Clearwater River, Thursday through Sunday.

Seasons will run no later than Aug.7, but are typically closed sooner by Fish and Game when harvest shares are met by sport anglers.

Daily and possession limits

Bag limits on the Snake River, Mainstem Clearwater River, North Fork will be:

Snake River, Clearwater River, Middle Fork Clearwater River and South Fork Clearwater River

  • Daily: Four Chinook, only one may be an adult 24 inches or longer.
  • Possession: 12 Chinook, only three may be adults.

Salmon River and Little Salmon River

  • Daily: Four Chinook, only two may be adults 24 inches or longer.
  • Possession: 12 Chinook, only six may be adults.

Full seasons are rules for Chinook fishing will be available on the Chinook Fishing webpage.

Preseason forecast for adult Chinook returning to Idaho is 39,631, which would be the highest run since 2015, but still below the 10-year average or 44,259 Chinook.

Fish and Game Anadromous Fish Manager John Cassinelli told commissioners that when Chinook returns are trending upward, the return often exceeds forecast. For example, last year’s forecast was 18,000 fish and about 30,000 returned. Fisheries managers will be monitoring Chinook returns as they come over dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.