Press Release

April 2022

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

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region will be stocking approximately 62,100 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in May. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate.

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.

Fish and Game announces upcoming instructor-led hunter education classes in Jerome

Do you know someone that needs to take a hunter or bowhunter education course? The Magic Valley Region has two upcoming classes for both hunters and bowhunters. 

Instructor-led hunter education class
Jerome – May 6 - 7, 2022

Hunter education classes are required for anyone born after January 1, 1975 who must complete a hunter education course as a prerequisite to purchasing an Idaho hunting license. Students must be at least 9 years old to take a hunter education class.

Instructor-led combo hunter and bowhunter education class
Jerome – May 14 - 15, 2022

The region will also be offering instructor-led hunter and bowhunter combo class which is designed for students 9 years of age or older who are new to hunting, and will certify students in both hunter and bowhunter education.  Before someone is eligible to purchase an archery permit, all bowhunters ages 9 and older must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course or show evidence of having been licensed for an archery-only hunt in Idaho or another state.

Web-based hunter education and bowhunter education are also offered online.

To sign up for any class go to the Fish and Game website and select either in-person hunter education course or hunter/bowhunter combo course, or select an online courses.

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

Hunter education course offered in Salmon

An instructor-led hunter education course will be held in Salmon, May 6, 9, 11, and 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each evening, followed by a field exercise Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.  

The course will be held at the Idaho Fish and Game office, 99 Highway 93 North, 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.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required by registering online or by visiting the Salmon Fish and Game office.

Seats available in trapper education course May 7 in Salmon

Idaho Fish and Game will host a trapper education course in Salmon on May 7.  The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fish and Game Regional Office, 99 Highway 93 North.

Advanced registration is required, and class size will be limited.  To register, go online to Fish and Game’s website or visit the Fish and Game office in Salmon.  Participants must be at least 9 years of age. 

The interactive course provides students with hands-on training from experienced trapping instructors. Basic trapping techniques with safety, ethical trapper behavior, and avoiding non-target catches are emphasized throughout. Other topics covered include trapping regulations, equipment selection and maintenance. 

Big game/fall turkey controlled hunt application period runs May 1 through June 5

Controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear and turkey are an excellent opportunity to try for a chance at some of Idaho’s best hunts. Hunters with a valid 2022 Idaho hunting license may apply for controlled hunts at any license vendor, Fish and Game office, or with a credit card online at or by calling 1-800-554-8685.  

Access Yes looking for landowners in the Salmon Region

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking to enroll new properties in its Access Yes! Program and is currently accepted bids in the Salmon Region through mid-June. 

The Access Yes! Program is designed to improve hunting and angling access on or through private land by compensating willing landowners. 

In addition to receiving monetary compensation, landowners can specify conditions upon public access that best meet their needs, such as restricting motorized vehicle travel, restricting when the property is publicly accessible, and for which wildlife species they are offering public hunting or trapping opportunities. 

April 25 Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Fishing Report

During the past week, catch rates remained good upstream of the East Fork. Anglers interviewed upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 averaged 5 hours per steelhead caught. Downstream of the East Fork, angler effort and catch was very low. One angler interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 reported releasing a steelhead which resulted in an average catch rate of 63 hours per steelhead.

River conditions were stable throughout the week with low flows and clear visibility upstream of the East Fork and slightly cloudy visibility downstream of the East Fork. Water temperatures on Sunday ranged from the mid to upper 40s. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 935 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 44 percent of average for today's date.

As of Thursday, April 21, the Pahsimeroi Hatchery has trapped 1,705 adipose-clipped steelhead, and the Sawtooth Hatchery has trapped 1,568 adipose-clipped steelhead.