Press Release

June 2022

F&G biologists work to protect a popular Yellowstone cutthroat fishery from pelican predation

In 1993, there were roughly 200 American white pelicans occupying Blackfoot Reservoir; by 2007 breeding pelicans reached a high of 3,400. During the same timeframe, spawning cutthroat trout in the upper Blackfoot River collapsed. What happens when a novel predator and vulnerable prey cross paths? Fish and Game managers are working to find the key to unlocking a solution for both species.

New Fish and Game K-9 officer joins the department in the Magic Valley Region

Enforcement staff with the Fish and Game, Magic Valley Region have selected a new K-9 officer to join their ranks. Riley, a two-year-old chocolate lab, was recently selected to join three other Department K-9’s across the state. His specialized training will be occurring over the coming months, led by his handler, Senior Conservation Officer Jim Stirling. 

Fish and Game K-9 officers are highly trained to detect wildlife, conduct evidence searches and tracking skills for search and rescue efforts.

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Senior Conservation Officer Jim Stirling with K-9 officer Riley

The dogs also bring a tremendous amount of positive public relations to the Department since they are expected to have a good temperament when interacting with members of the public.

Fish and Game partners with local non-profit to provide a day of fishing for special-needs youth and their families

Called Beyond Adventures, a local non-profit with a goal of providing fishing and hunting opportunities to special-needs and disabled youth, recently teamed up with staff from the Magic Valley Region to provide a day of fishing in Twin Falls. The event, held at the new community fishing pond in the Rock Creek Canyon RV Park, drew several families, all with youth with special-needs. For many, it was their first opportunity to fish.

According to Aby Rinella, co-founder of the non-profit Called Beyond Adventures, the event was a huge success. “We’ve heard back from several families about how happy they were to have the opportunity to fish, and how excited their kids were to be included in a new activity.”

Two yearling bull moose captured in Twin Falls and relocated near Fairfield

On Saturday, June 18, 2022 the Twin Falls County Sheriff reported that they received multiple reports of two moose in close proximity to Highway 30 west of Twin Falls. Fish and Game officers were unable to locate the moose until Sunday evening, June 19, when a decision was made to relocate the moose in the interest of public safety.

Collisions with large animals, like moose, can lead to injuries or death to occupants of vehicles and cause significant property damage to vehicles, while causing significant injuries or death to wildlife.

Early Monday morning, June 20, Fish and Game staff were able to locate the two yearling bull moose bedded together in a farm field just south of Highway 30. Biologists were able to successfully dart and anesthetize both moose.

Remainder of Lower Salmon River set to close for Chinook fishing June 26

Fishing for Chinook salmon on the remainder of the Lower Salmon River will be closed effectively Sunday, June 26 at the end of fishing hours. This closure is for the portion of the Lower Salmon River from the Hammer Creek boat ramp upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek.

Giant trout stocked in Kid’s Creek Pond in Salmon

Over 90 super-sized trout, which average seven pounds, were stocked in Kid’s Creek Pond on Thursday, June 16. 

The extra-large rainbows were used in the production of trout raised at Riverence Hatchery, formally Clear springs Foods, in Mackay who donated them to Idaho Fish and Game.  Referred to as brood stock, these hatchery trout are nearing the end of their usefulness in producing the next generation, but will provide anglers some thrilling fishing.   

“Anglers will love catching these big fish, and we truly appreciate Riverence’s generosity,” said Regional Fisheries Manager Greg Schoby.   

Kid’s Creek Pond was also recently stocked with 400 rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range with 400 additional trout to be stocked before July. 

Fish and Game officials remind recreational shooters that targeting protected nongame birds and protected ground squirrels is illegal

While the majority of hunters and recreational shooters follow the law, Fish and Game law enforcement officials want to remind shooters they are likely to encounter protected nongame birds and ground squirrels. Killing protected nongame birds and certain species of ground squirrels is illegal. 

Here are 10 tips to get you started on a backcountry fishing trip

If you’re unfamiliar with Idaho’s backcountry, it may make you nervous about traveling to the state’s wildest places, but the backcountry and its alpine lakes offer great fishing and amazing experiences in some of the state’s most scenic places.

You may have heard that even a day trip requires a bunch of specialized gear and hard-to-master navigation skills.

It doesn’t.

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Yes, the backcountry poses challenges that are different than if you drove a paved highway to a state park, or other developed fishing spot with a nearby town. But it’s nothing you can’t handle, especially if you keep it simple and don’t overreach on your first outing.

Of course, this assumes you’ve done some basic homework and your vehicle is capable of getting you there and back, and you bring essentials to ensure you’re covering the basics. Remember, there are no convenience stores in the backcountry, so you need to be self-sufficient.

The key is to start with a fun, relaxed outing where the odds of success are high, and then build on what you’ve learned for your next outing.

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Here are 10 tips to help you get started:

Bridge to Hayden Pond near Salmon to be replaced starting in early July

Summer visitors to Hayden Pond, south of Salmon, are asked to be patient while the bridge spanning Hayden Creek to the popular fishing pond is replaced.

The existing dilapidated bridge will be removed and replaced with a new 50-foot long by 12-foot wide bridge along with new concrete support structures. There will be no access across the creek while the bridge is being replaced.  Construction is planned to begin July 5 and is expected to be completed before the Labor Day weekend.

Hayden Creek supports threatened wild Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.  In-stream construction work to replace the bridge support structures can only be completed during July through mid-August to avoid impacts to native fish spawning and rearing.  This short term disruption of access to the area will provide a long term benefit of future maintenance, planned improvements, and continued fish stocking.