Effective July 1, and running through August 31, the bag, possession, and size limits on all fish in certain waters at Hagerman Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be removed. Those ponds include Anderson Ponds #1, #2, and #3, plus both Bass Ponds.
On June 23, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission issued a special order to remove these limits in anticipation of summer repair and construction work on the dike system. Normal fishing methods (rod and reel) are still required on all waters.
The water will be drained from these ponds through the summer to allow repairs and other work on the dikes, bridges and water control structures between ponds. Low water levels and high temperatures into the summer will likely result in fish kills; the Department is allowing anglers to take as many fish as possible and reduce that die-off.
Agency personnel may also remove undesirable carp from Anderson Ponds #1 and #2 if conditions are suitable. Due to safety concerns during construction, public access will be restricted at some ponds and dikes after July 31. These closed areas will be posted.
Waters at Hagerman WMA that are still under normal bag, possession and size limits include the Riley Creek Pond, the effluent pond (below raceways), all six Oster Lakes, the West Pond, the Goose Pond, and all of Riley Creek.
For further information or clarification, please contact the Magic Valley Fish and Game office in Jerome at 324-4359, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please refer to the attached map for those ponds with restrictions removed.