The Idaho Fish and Game commission set seasons and rules for the 2019-21 fishing seasons at its Nov. 14 meeting in Coeur d'Alene. New rules to take effect Jan. 1 are as follows:
Establish June 8, 2019; June 13, 2020; and June 12, 2021 as “Free Fishing Days.” These dates are the Saturday after the first full week in June and correspond with National outdoor recognition events.
Region wide − Change the burbot limit to 6 fish. (Hatchery supplementation has allowed for a dramatic increase in burbot abundance in the Kootenai River and tributaries. A harvest fishery is now sustainable. Additionally, burbot have been stocked in Bonner Lake over the past several years. A regional bag limit of six burbot will allow for harvest in the mainstem Kootenai River, tributaries to the Kootenai River, and Bonner Lake.)
Clark Fork − Add a boundary describing where the Clark Fork River ends and where Lake Pend Oreille begins. Remove language stating: “except for the posted area adjacent to the Cabinet Gorge Hatchery.”
Benewah Creek and tributaries − Remove from the Special Rule Waters and manage under general fishing rules.
Deep Creek and tributaries − Remove the seasonal fishing closure and provide a rainbow trout catch-and-release fishery December 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
Upper Priest Lake and tributaries − Remove the bag and possession limit on lake trout and remove bait and barbless hook restrictions.
Region wide − Remove bag and possession limits for bass in rivers and streams.
Fish Lake and Lake Creek (Cedars Area) − Remove from the Special Rule Waters and manage under general fishing rules.
Fish Lake (Cedars Area) − Remove motor restrictions.
Mann Lake − Remove “No boats allowed” from October 1 to December 31.
Deer Creek Reservoir − Change the Tiger Trout daily limit to 2 fish and no Tiger Trout under 14 inches.
Salmon River and all Salmon River tributaries − Remove bass bag, size, and possession limits
Indian Creek Reservoir − Remove from Special Rule Waters and manage under general fishing rules.
Wilson Springs Ponds − Change all waters within the Wilson Springs Access area, including Wilson Drain to a 2 trout limit.
Deadwood Reservoir and tributaries − Reduce the kokanee limit to 15 per day.
Boise River − Reduce the bag and possession limits on steelhead to 2 fish per day and 6 in possession.
Big Wood River (Richfield Canal upstream to Magic Dam) − Change the bass limit to 6, any size may be kept.
Billingsley Creek (Section: From the old railroad grade upstream to Tupper Grade) − Remove from Special Rule Waters and manage under general fishing rules.
Silver Creek − Lengthen the catch-and-release season to March 31 on two sections (between Highway 93 upstream to bridge near milepost 187.2 on Highway 20) and implement a catch-and-release season from December 1 through March 31 on one section (bridge near milepost 187.2 on Highway 20 upstream to Kilpatrick Bridge).
Weston Reservoir − Remove special rules for bass and manage under general fishing regulations.
Deep Creek Reservoir − Remove size, bag and possession limits on bass.
Bannock Reservoir (Wellness Complex) − Change the limit to 2 trout and a general bag limit for all other fish species.
Upper Snake Region
Palisades Lakes (alpine lakes in the Palisades Creek Drainage) − Remove from Special Rule Waters and and manage under general fishing rules.
South Fork Snake River − Remove size restriction on brown trout.
Ririe Reservoir − Remove the ice fishing restricted area and remove from Special Rule Waters and manage under general fishing rules.
Swauger and Fishpole lakes (alpine lakes in Custer County) − Remove from Special Rule Waters and manage under general fishing rules.
Region wide − Remove bass size, bag and possession limits.