By order of the Department of Fish and Game, fish bag, possession and size limits at Mt. Home Reservoir have been suspended effective Saturday August 5. Anglers in possession of a valid fishing license are encouraged to catch as many fish from the reservoir as they can eat.
The reservoir has fallen victim to Southern Idaho's current drought conditions. Fish and Game was recently notified by the Mountain Home Irrigation District that the increased demand for irrigation water would leave the reservoir completely dry by summer's end. "Faced with that prospect, it was an easy decision to remove limits on the reservoir and allow anglers to take these fish home rather than let them go to waste," Fish and Game fisheries manager Dale Allen said.
Some of the fish will be moved to other waters. "We're working with the Mountain Home Hawg Hunters (a local bass fishing club) to collect fish from the reservoir," Allen noted. "Those fish will be relocated to C.J. Strike Reservoir and other regional waters."
As part of the limit suspension, anglers may use rod and reel, handheld landing nets and legal minnow seines to collect fish from the reservoir. All other collection methods are prohibited, and fish must be killed prior to transport from the reservoir.
For more information, contact Dale Allen at the Fish and Game Nampa office, 465-8465.