Yankee Fork

Hi, Several questions. # 1- What species of fish are in upper Yankee Fork river? I have a 90 acre claim. ( Starlight Claim # 203588) The claim includes approx. 3/4 miles on Yankee Fork river. By law I own anything above ground ( Gold, minerals) etc. #2- Can I fish on my portion of claim without fishing license? I'm a catch and release fisherman.. Thanks Vaughn
Hi there Vaugh, The Yankee Fork is home to several species of fish, including Chinook Salmon, Steelead, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Whitefish. At this time, the populations of salmon and steelhead are very low and no fishing is allowed for those species. Bull Trout and Cutthroat Trout are catch/release only and the season is open all year. Mountain Whitefish are also present, and they can be kept all year at 25/day.  Check out Pages 41-42 in the 2013-2015 Fishing Regulation for more information, which you can download here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/rules/seasonsRules.pdf   Even though you have a mining claim, a fishing license is still required. All fishing in Idaho requires a fishing license, unless you are fishing a private pond where the owner has a valid private pond permit.  You can buy a license all over the state at many local vendors, or buy it online. Now you can even buy your license using your mobile phone! https://id.outdoorcentral.us/    
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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 9:34 AM MDT