Press Release

Fish salvage order issued for South Butte Pond near Clayton

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has issued a salvage order for South Butte Pond west of Clayton effective July 15 to August 31, 2021.

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Windy Schoby - IDFG

Low water levels, diminished flows into pond, and elevated water temperatures have combined to create unsuitable conditions for trout within the 8-acre pond. The pond will likely be nearly dry by the end of July. A salvage order is warranted to maximize public use of these fish.

During the salvage order:

  • All bag, possession, size, and number limits are suspended.
  • Fish may be taken by any method except use of firearms, explosives, chemicals, or electric current.
  • A valid 2021 Idaho fishing license is still required.

For more information about this salvage order, contact the Idaho Fish and Game office in Salmon at 208-756-2271.

For more on how fisheries managers consider these situations involving high temperatures, low water, and deciding what actions to take, see here.