As the cold weather arrives and the irrigation season winds down, Salmon area landowners begin to turn off their head gates.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department would like to remind all irrigators to contact the Fish and Game Screen Program at 208-756-6022 several days before ditches are shut off.
Irrigators are also encouraged to ramp down their flows over several days to protect juvenile salmon and steelhead. The gradual decrease in flow stimulates fish to migrate out of the irrigation system.
Fish and Game asks irrigators to leave a minimum flow of 50 miner's inches, or one cubic foot per second, in the ditch so that Fish and Game can salvage any stranded fish.