Press Release

March 2022

Tundra swan deaths continue in the Lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin

Just recently a team of scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Idaho Fish and Game embarked on a study to develop tools to track long-term trends in waterfowl health and exposure to lead contaminants in the Lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin. 


F&G to give away spawned steelhead from Sawtooth Hatchery this spring

Idaho Fish and Game’s Sawtooth Hatchery will give away spawned steelhead to the public beginning March 31.  

Steelhead will be available Mondays and Thursdays on a first-come, first-served basis until spawning is complete for the year.  The public can pick up a numbered tag at the hatchery’s spawning facility between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the steelhead to be given away at 2:00 p.m.  People can only pick up one tag per person. Number of fish per person depends on fish available and number of tags distributed. Numbers of available steelhead will not be known until the day of spawning. 

Must be 18 years or older to receive fish and will need to provide personal cooler or bag and ice. 

March 21 Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead angler effort along the upper Salmon River continued to increase during the past week. The largest increase in angler effort was observed downstream of Salmon, but angler effort near Challis also increased.

Catch rates improved compared to last week’s report. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River averaged 12 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged 21 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 43 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the East Fork in location code 18 averaged 30 hours per steelhead caught, and no anglers interviewed upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 reported catching a steelhead.

Hunter education course offered April 19-23 in Leadore

An instructor-led hunter education course will be held in Leadore April 19-22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each evening, followed by a field exercise April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The course will be held at the Leadore School, 111 S. 3rd Street, and is designed for students ages 9 and older.  This course will provide instruction on firearm handling and safety; hunting law and ethics; responsibilities towards landowners; hunting skills; wildlife identification; survival skills and first aid; and management and conservation.

Anyone born after January 1st, 1975 must complete a hunter education course as a prerequisite to purchasing an Idaho hunting license.  

Blacks Creek's Upper Silhouette Range gives shooters a chance to 'ring steel' out to 550 yards

Tired of using your favorite rifle and ammo for very expensive hole punchers and want to more fun at your next day at the shooting range? Idaho Fish and Game’s Blacks Creek Range southeast of Boise has expanded its Upper Silhouette Range to more than 50 steel targets. 

Dust off the fishing rod and plan your next family fishing outing this spring

Spring fishing is an exceptional opportunity for anglers looking to spend a day outdoors with their friends or families. Not sure where to even begin? Check out these easily accessible and regularly-stocked lakes and ponds all across the state.

Cedar Draw access site closed to the public due to construction

The Cedar Draw boating and fishing access site along the Snake River will be closed until early April due to an ongoing construction project. Located 10 miles northeast of Buhl, the access site, when open, provides camping, restrooms and a boat ramp.

To ensure the safety of the public and the construction crew during the project the entire access site is closed to public access.

The construction project involves the installation of a new restroom, which will be elevated to address spring flooding conditions.

For more information contact the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Draw results available for spring turkey controlled hunts

Spring turkey controlled hunt draw results are now available. Hunters can check their account on or see how to set up an account online to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for spring turkey. Hunters whose names were drawn can buy the controlled hunt tags through the online license system or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

Spring break fishing event March 22 at Freedom Park Pond in Burley

Fish and Game staff from the Magic Valley Region will be hosting a Take Me Fishing trailer event in Burley, March 22, 2022 at Freedom Park Pond from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fishing equipment will be provided to those who don’t have their own equipment, along with bait.