Frequently Asked Questions

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Adult steelhead start swimming into Idaho waters each July. Beginning in July and for the next 10 months anglers pursue steelhead as they migrate up the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers. Steelhead fishing winds down in May as the fish reach their spawning grounds in Idaho’s mountain streams and hatcheries.

answered 6/1/2016

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Because steelhead are in so many places in the state over such a long period of time, it’s hard to say there is a best time and place to go steelhead fishing. However, their upstream migration provides a general timeline for when they will likely arrive in different waters.

July through September: As steelhead start arriving into Idaho they tend to move into the Clearwater River using it as a thermal refuge. These early arriving fish tend to remain in the Clearwater until the Snake River cools toward the end of September or beginning of October.

October through December: October is an exciting time for steelhead anglers as two things tend to happen. Fish start spreading upstream into the Snake and Salmon rivers and by the time you reach November steelhead can be caught about everywhere. Another exciting thing that starts to happen in October is the larger B-run steelhead start entering the Clearwater River.

January and February: January and February can be times to fish with a little more solitude on the Clearwater, Little Salmon and Salmon rivers. Cold water reduces fish activity and catch rates decline, but fishing can still be productive when conditions are good.

March through May: The Salmon River upstream of Salmon, the Little Salmon River, the North Fork Clearwater and the South Fork Clearwater all provide the best fishing in the spring. Catch rates can be really good then as the fish are moving into the smaller rivers at the end of their migration.

Each month of the year and each location provide a completely different experience – the long days of September on the lower Clearwater, a warm October day in the Salmon River canyon, a cold January day in a drift boat near Riggins or Orofino, or the spring thaw in the Stanley Basin in April. The best time to fish for steelhead is a personal choice.

answered 6/1/2016

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Steelhead spawn in streams from mid-April to late June. They use areas of gravel or small cobble depending on the size of the fish. Often the best spawning areas are in pool tail-outs. When a female finds a suitable place to spawn, she displaces the gravel with her body and tail, and the male fertilizes the eggs as they are deposited.

The eggs hatch in early to midsummer. The young fish live in the stream and then migrate to the ocean, usually after two years of rearing in the stream. The juvenile fish will grow rapidly after they reach the ocean. When they mature and are ready to spawn, steelhead migrate back to the place they were born. They enter the lower river drainages in the fall and winter-over to spawn the following spring, which allows a fall and spring fishing season to occur. Most wild steelhead take 4 to 6 years to mature.

answered 5/3/2016

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Steelhead anglers fish use a variety of techniques such as plunking, bobber and jig, fly fishing, side planer, back trolling, and side drifting. Since steelhead typically are not feeding as they wait to spawn, anglers like to use a variety lures, beads, yarn and/or flies that stimulate the steelhead to bite. Sometimes steelhead are aggressive and will take about anything put in front of them, and other times it requires more finesse. Many anglers believe that using bait or scent will increase the likelihood that a steelhead will bite. Popular baits include shrimp, sand shrimp, and cured eggs, and there are about as many different types of scents that anglers use as you can imagine.

answered 5/3/2016

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In banner years for returning steelhead, Fish and Game often bring adult hatchery steelhead to the Boise River to create an additional fishing opportunity. This generally happens in mid-November, depending on the counts and timing of steelhead returning to the trap at Hells Canyon Dam.

answered 5/3/2016

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Steelhead are native rainbow trout which migrate to the ocean as juvenile fish and return to fresh water as adults to spawn. In Idaho these ocean-going trout are often classified into two groups, A-run and B-run based on their size and ocean life history.

Idaho’s A-run are usually found in the Snake and Salmon rivers. They return from the ocean earlier in the year (usually June through August) and they most often return after spending one year in the ocean. Because of their early return and short stay in the ocean they usually weigh 4 to 6 pounds and are generally 23 to 26 inches in length.

B-run steelhead most often return to the Clearwater River, but some return to tributaries in the Salmon River. These fish usually spend two years in the ocean and start their migration to Idaho later in the summer or fall of the year (usually late August or September.) Because of the extra year and the extra summer of growing in the ocean, they return as much bigger fish. Average B-run steelhead weigh between 10 to 13 pounds and are 31 to 34 inches long.

Steelhead grow even larger when they spend a third year in the ocean before they return to Idaho to spawn. These steelhead are usually larger than 37 inches and can weigh more than 20 pounds.

The Idaho state record steelhead was 30 pounds and 2 ounces and was caught in the Clearwater River in 1973.

answered 5/3/2016

Q: How to pick the right color lure?

I'll be going to the store in a couple days for trout lures. i was wondering what type of lure is best for trout in the Boise River? my other question is how do I pick the right type of color? Should I just pick ones that I think will work and experiment with them?

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Based on my own personal experience, I would recommend smallish in-line spinners. Common brands include blue fox or mepps. Personally, I have caught trout on silver or blue and silver, blue fox spinners in size one to three. Alternatively, you might want to try small (2-3.5") "stick" baits. Common brands include rapala, storm, or others. Lastly, you might consider black or brown marabou jigs.  You will see other anglers on the Boise River that prefer bait (primarily worms or eggs) or fly fishing (primarily nymphs or streamers), which would be other options. Please be reminded that for the most part, the daily bag limit is six trout except for a small section in east Boise.   

answered 3/30/2016

Q: Please plant some trout between Minidoka and Milner dams in the river, K2 park would be a good start in Burley.

Could Idaho Power's catfish planting be changed to "Trout"? We have had enough catfish...
Thanks

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To whom it concerns,
We appreciate your recommendation to stock Trout in Milner Reservoir; however, water temperatures are typically unsuitable for rainbow trout survival in the Milner Reservoir pool. Stocked trout that pass through the Minidoka Dam do not persist much downstream.  We have documented water temperatures that are not suitable for rainbow trout. If you haven't tried it yet, consider fishing the Minidoka bypass on the South Side.  There is good access and word has it some great trout fishing.

answered 3/24/2016

Q: Does the boise river have bull trout in it?

I know the SF, the middle, and north fork all have bull trout in the but I'm wondering about the main in town stretch. Someone recently told me they caught one a while back here and was wondering if that was possible? Also what is the largest rainbow and brown trout taken out of the in town stretch?

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Thanks for your question about Bull Trout and the Boise River. Bull Trout are now mostly extinct below Lucky Peak dam. It is possible (but very unlikely) that a Bull Trout could be flushed downstream through Arrowrock and Lucky Peak dams and be caught in the lower Boise River. Bull Trout have not been documented in any surveys for probably over 50 years. It’s not impossible that you caught a Bull Trout, but it would be very rare!
I’m not sure what the largest Brown Trout ever caught has been, since we don’t keep angler records for individual waters. However, population surveys have occasionally found some rare Brown Trout in the 25-27 inch range. Jake Cecil caught a very large Rainbow Trout in 2007 directly below Lucky Peak dam. That fish was 30” long, with a 25” girth, and was estimated at over 23lbs. That is a very unusual trout for that stretch of the Boise River. Typically, anglers might expect to see Rainbow Trout up to 25 inches, but a rainbow over 22” is exceptional. 

answered 3/22/2016

Q: Who do I contact for detailed information about the existence of Bull Trout in a South Fork of the Clearwater River tributary?

I am trying to find details on the study of Bull Trout in the North and South forks of Dump Creek. This creek is a tributary of the South Fork of the Clear Water River. The head waters in in the Cove area South west of the river and empty into the river about 1/4 mile down stream of the McCallister picnic area. I would like to know when a study was done on this particular stream and what the findings were in regards to Bull Trout inhabiting the stream.
Thank You
Howard Thompson

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Joe Dupont is our Regional Fisheries Manager in Lewiston and is the person who can answer questions about the Clearwater River Basin.  He can be reached at 208-799-5010.
What may be faster is to access our study archives located on our Department webpage.  Go to fishandgame.idaho.gov; click on the "Science" tab; click on "Fisheries."  There are several filters you can use to narrow the area of your search.
Typically, we don't conduct surveys for a single species of fish - rather, we look at a measured stream distance and document the entire fish community and collect fish density and size information.  All this information will be captured in the technical fisheries reports at the above listed website.

answered 2/29/2016

Q: Magic Valley Fishing

I would like to know if there are any trout in Clover Creek and/or King Hill Creek? Also if there are trout in Salmon Creek Falls below the reservoir but upstream of Lily Grade? Thanks.

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Dear Mr. Arnett,
Yes, there are trout in Upper Clover Creek, King Hill Creek, and Salmon Falls Creek upstream from Lily Grade.  These trout are native Redband Trout. They are relatively small and typically look slightly different than your standard hatchery Rainbow Trout. They typically have more red along their side (see link at the bottom of this email).
We do not stock any of those waters, so you should not expect to see hatchery Rainbow Trout or other Trout Species.  There's a chance you might encounter a Brook Trout in the upper-most headwaters of Clover Creek, but it would be unlikely.
If you have further, or more specific questions, feel free to contact the fisheries staff in the Magic Valley Region at 208-324-4359.
Thanks for your question.
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=18...

answered 2/23/2016

Q: Chinook in Arrowrock

Hi F&G
I have been fishing arrowrock a bit this winter and happened upon a spot where I seem to have pulled out multiple chinook.
They are not kokanee, or trout, they are a salmon. People have told me that coho have been planted in anderson, as well as chinook. People seem to think they are coho because their jaw is not black.
The 3 I caught were roughly 16-18" spots on the back, silver body, spots on the tail, greenish hue to their back.
I have caught 3 in 2 days, are they washed out from anderson? Are they planted in Arrowrock? Are they spawning? I am a bit lost here any help would be appreciated.
Here is a picture of the fish
http://puu.sh/mZTrk/8cfe433aac.png Bottom is a trout, top fish is the one I am asking about.
How did this many salmon wash out into arrowrock?

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There have been a few fall Chinook that have passed out of Anderson Ranch Reservoir and  caught downstream in Arrowrock Reservoir.  However, the fish in your picture are not fall Chinook or coho.  The fish in the bottom of the picture is clearly a rainbow trout while the upper fish appears to be a kokanee. 
IDFG used to stock coho in many reservoirs across the southern part of Idaho but after several years of evaluation of return-to-creel results, we found  few were being caught by anglers.  Coho were replaced in our hatchery systems with other strains of rainbow trout and more kokanee production - fish that are caught by anglers.  Our goal is to achieve a 40%+ harvest number for fish stocked at 9 - 12" in length.
Fall Chinook have been stocked numerous times over the years as a fish management tool to control excess numbers of kokanee.  They are an aggressive predator on kokanee and, as a benefit, provide an outstanding fishery for anglers interested in catching larger fish.  Deadwood Reservoir is another location where both kokanee and fall Chinook can be caught.

answered 2/7/2016

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Yes, page 14 in the fishing regulations only restricts fishing to single point barbless hooks while fishing for salmon and steelhead.  Barbed hooks are allowed while fishing for trout, although cutthroat are catch and release only; and if you caught a salmon or steelhead while using a barbed hook they could not be reduced to possession.  Good Luck fishing

answered 1/31/2016

Q: Brook trout or Sunapee Trout in Sawtooth Lake?

I have been researching the history of sunapee trout in the sawtooths and realized that I caught some fish in sawtooth Lake about 7 years ago that I assumed were brook trout, but when I re-examined these pictures I realized they might be sunapees. According to what I have been able to find, the only two lakes with established sunapee populations are Alice Lake and Sawtooth Lake, and these lakes aren't listed under the bodies of water that contain brook trout in the Salmon region. Are there other char species in Sawtooth lake such as brook trout and/or lake trout, or did I in fact catch sunapee trout?

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Your question is interesting and timely.
Sunapee (which are a type of char and related to lake trout, brook trout and bull trout) were stocked in several lakes in the Sawtooths over 50 years ago.  Over the years we've had anglers catch Sunapee and bring them to our offices for identification.  We don't advertise this unique fishing opportunity because of the risk of over exploitation.
This past year, the Forest Service started collecting water samples from various lake outflows in the Stanley Basin area and running eDNA analysis in an attempt to identify the various fish species in each waterbody.  This process is new and evolving.  In a very basic sense, unique DNA markers or sequences from aquatic organisms can be isolated and identified, so we can tell what fish species exist in a water just by analyzing a water sample and analyzing DNA.
In Hell Roaring Lake, it showed a positive eDNA sequence for lake trout.  This was baffling because lake trout have never been stocked in the lake and have not been stocked upstream.  Our records did show Sunapee being stocked in a lake just upstream of Hell Roaring Lake and both waters are connected by a surface stream.  Because genetic eDNA markers haven't been developed for Sunapee, and they are a close relative of lake trout, we suspect a reminant population of Sunapee are being detected in the sample.
Stay tuned because our fisheries staff will conduct focused sampling on Hell Roaring Lake in 2016 to verify the fish community.
  

answered 1/30/2016

Q: Golden Trout in Pass Lake

I saw on USGS website that there were Golden Trout caught in Pass Lake in Custer County as recently as 2011. Does Idaho F&G still stock these waters with Golden Trout and does this lake tend to experience a lot of winter kill?

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We stock Golden Trout in select high mountain lakes as the fish become available.  California Dept. of Game and Fish, every few years, have Golden Trout eggs that are excess to their needs.  When that happens, they make them available to other western states including Idaho.  Idaho has tried on a couple of occasions to develop their own egg source but it has proven to be too expensive for the small number of eggs (less than 100,000) we need for our mountain lake stocking program.
Mountain lake winter-kill of fish are difficult to predict.  As you would guess, drought years followed by sever winter conditions can lead to complete freezing and loss of a fish population.  The other condition that will cause a mountain lake to winter-kill is when a lake has a high organic load from plant growth; freezes early; becomes snow-covered and remains that way for longer than a normal year.  As the organic matter decays it uses oxygen from the water and creates what's called an anoxic condition. Trout require a minimum of 4 parts per million in the water to survive.  Under certain conditions, plant decomposition has lead to 2 or less parts per million oxygen in some high elevation lakes.
 

answered 1/19/2016

Q: Why not Relocate!

I would like to know why the Fish@Game Does not salvage the perch at Lost Valley Resivor and plant them in a place like Salmon Falls Res. were the Walleye pop. has cleared them out pretty much this would make a good forage base for these fish . would it not be cheaper to do this than to poison them? Just wondering! Thank You!

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Hello, thank you for your question about yellow perch. 
Lost Valley Reservoir is managed as a coldwater trout fishery. Yellow Perch can be a problem for producing quality trout fishing, especially when the become overabundant and small. 
Idaho Fish and Game does salvage fish in some cases. But, collecting enough yellow perch and transfering them somewhere else to improve the trout fishing would be extremely expensive. It would be very difficult to net enough perch to reduce the population close to zero. Transfering that many fish would take a lot of boats, trucks and manpower. This effort would need to be repeated every year to keep up with the perch population as they come back, and then you never really are rid of them. 
Salvaging fish does make sense in some cases. In the case of yellow perch and Lost Valley Reservoir, it is just not an economical solution for the perch management there. 
Thanks!
Martin Koenig
Sportfishing Program Coordinator

answered 1/14/2016

Q: Fishing at CJ Strike.

How is the fishing at CJ Strike this time of year? I would like to take my kids to do a little fishing but unusre how it would be? If it is worth going would it be better to use a boat or fish from the bank?

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Depends on if there is ice on the Bruneau Arm of C.J. Strike.  Ice fishing for rainbow trout and perch can be very good if you have the equipment and know where the underwater fish habitat structures are located.
If there is no ice on the reservoir, fishing can be slow this time of year on C.J. Strike.  You can occasionally find a trout or perch cruzing the shore.  Use bait and fish deep for best results.  Also, fish in the afternoon when water can potentially warm a degree or two.  Warming water temperatures prompt the fish to increase feeding activities in the winter and can create exceptional fishing in late January and February when days are lengthing and temperatures begin to warm.
If you have a boat, it's best to move around on the reservoir and seek pockets of fish.  Once you've identified where fish are located and the depth, fishing with bait is your best way to catch trout and perch.  Trolling in the afternoons will be "hit-and-miss" for trout.  Boat fishing will produce better results than fishing from the bank.

answered 1/13/2016

Q: Are adipose fins clipped on all stocked rainbow trout released in Idaho?

Are adipose fins clipped on all stocked rainbow trout released in Idaho? I caught two trout in Lucky Peak Reservoir that had caudal and pectoral fin damage commonly associated with hatchery trout but both fish retained their adipose fins.

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Greetings, thanks for your question about adipose-clipped trout! 
Idaho Fish and Game does not typically adipose-clip hatchery rainbow trout. You may see some adipose-clipped hatchery trout in some waters (Salmon River near Stanley, for example), but they are not very common. The Department may adipose-clip trout when needed in certain circumstances or for a particular evaluation or study (stocked brown trout on the Boise River, for example).
The majority of hatchery trout are not typically adipose-clippped, so the trout you caught at Lucky Peak were probably typical hatchery trout. 
Thanks,
Martin Koenig
Sportfishing Program Coordinator

answered 1/11/2016

Q: is there a bag limit on sunapee trout in Idaho?

Arctic char in dworshak reservoir?

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Sunapee trout would be included in the current definition of a trout in Idaho.  The limit would be 6 unless there is a special rule on the water where they are found. 
There are no sunapee in Dworshak Reservoir or tributaries.  The only place in Idaho that we have sunapee is in a couple of high mountain lakes in the Sawtooth Mountains.  What you're probably catching are bull trout (also in the char family) which are federally protected. Next time you catch one, take a picture, release the fish and email us a photo.
 
Thanks

answered 1/8/2016

Q: "Perch Control "Lost Valley Reservior

When using pesticides to control the perch at lost valley Reservior? Do the trout previously stocked die as well?

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Yes, rotenone kills the rainbow trout in the treated water - and all other fish (perch, brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, etc.).
Rotenone is an odorless, colorless organic compound extracted from the roots of a native legume known as a Jicama vine found in South America.  Before being refined and used in the United States for fish management purposes, it was used by native tribal members to kill fish for food purposes.
Rotenone will kill all animals that use gills to take oxygen from the water.  This includes all fish, aquatic insects and amphibians.  It disrupts the exchange of oxygen across the gill membrane, at the cellular level, and essentially suffocates the aquatic organism.
For the purpose of fish management in the U.S., rotenone powder is dissolved in a petroleum carrier that has a strong odor and turns white when it contacts water.  This is so we can tell where it's applied and whether it is mixing throughout the water column.  Rotenone and the carrier agent can only be applied at a maximum rate of 4 parts per million for fish management purposes and rapidly breaks down - depending on water temperatures and organic material.  Usually, fish can once again survive in a water 2 weeks, post treatment.
 
 

answered 1/7/2016

Q: Lost Valley Reservoir Perch Problem

Why does Fish and Game Continue to spend the time and resources on the invasive perch problem at Lost Valley Reservoir? Wouldn't it be more productive at this point to try a different tactic? They have been trying to drain and poison it for far to long with the same results. There used to be a few wild trout upstream but in the last few years I have not seen anything at all.
I suggest at this point,and I am sure many others would agree, that a few tiger muskie (being a sterile fish and unable to repopulate), may be more productive. The muskie would thin out the perch,making them grow larger and thus taking the misfortune of this unwanted fish due to its over population and being illegally planted to begin with,and making something good of it. The trout would then in turn have a chance to thrive as well.
Is there a chance Fish And Game would consider this?

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Thanks for your inquiry. IDFG has never drained Lost Valley Reservoir; we have worked with the Irrigation Company on years that water use was high and the resulting reservoir carryover was going to be small, to use that opportunity to apply a piscicide to try and remove the yellow perch. It is a frustrating situation with the reservoir and the yellow perch population. We have looked at using the Tiger Muskie as a control method and have chosen not to do so. A "few" tiger muskie would not impact the population size or individual size of the yellow perch. With the water volume change that the reservoir undergoes annually, due to delivery of irrigation releases, any species placed in the reservoir is also going to be released. Releasing a new fish species in any drainage is something we are very thoughtful about.  Although Tiger Muskies are sterile, they are also long lived, prefer soft rayed fish over spinney rayed fish species, and can persist for a long time on a starvation diet. These Tiger Muskie attributes have been learned over that past decade or so and lead to a more cautious approach as to where this species is introduced.
Likely what you are seeing upsteam of the reservoir is that the sterile rainbow trout that are used now in the state do not migrate very much and are not using the inlet stream. There are still brookies present in those streams.
What we are now doing is using a larger stocked trout at 12 inches versus the 10 inch stocked trout of the past. These larger trout return well to the angler and hopefully will satisfy anglers even when we have yellow perch around.
We will likely use piscicides when yellow perch levels become overwhelming.

answered 1/1/2016

Q: Trout limit and possesion limits

Many fisherman in our region have tried to get the trout limit in our region reduced because of poor numbers of fish being caught. this has fallen on deaf ears (yours!) Then we are told that you can"t plant the #'s of fish as in the past (understandable!) . Now I hear the possession limit is being raised to 3 times the dailley limit!! That is 18 fish legally in possesion!! Ask fishermen about their sucess @ Blackfoot Resevoir! Was there any public input requested? If so I missed it. Why

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Thanks for your question about the upcoming changes to the trout possession limit. When the new fishing rules take effect in 2016, anglers will be able to have 3 daily bag limits in possession, whereas before it was just one. This usually meant fisherman traveling for the weekend or on vacation were only able to bring home one limit of trout (usually 6). IDFG received lots of public comment from anglers that were unhappy with the one-day possession limit rule, since they could only bring back 6 trout, despite being away fishing for several days. This does not change the daily bag limit, which is still 6. So anglers are still limited to harvesting only one limit per day. There was also interest to make trout possession limits consistent with the salmon/steelhead fishing rules to reduce confusion.
During June - August 2015, IDFG asked for public input on this change with several options. Several statewide and local press releases were issued announcing the online fishing rule survey at the IDFG website. Public open house meetings were held at the Pocatello Southeast Region office (and all other offices). Also, since this change required amending the IDAPA code, proposed changes were also published in the administrative bulletin. I understand that you must feel frustrated that you didn't get a chance to comment. Despite advertising the open houses and the online survey that was available for several weeks, we don't always reach everyone.
We recognize that reduced stocking at Blackfoot Reservoir has resulted in a decreases in catch rates. Restoring stocking numbers at Blackfoot Reservoir is a high priority. However, if we are unable to get back to stocking 80,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout in Blackfoot Reservoir, a reduction in the daily bag will be considered.
We would be happy to talk to you more about this change or Blackfoot Reservoir specifically, so please feel free to contact us. Here's our information:
 
Dave Teuscher - Southeast Regional Fish Manager
david.teuscher@idfg.idaho.gov
(208)236-1262
 
Martin Koenig - Sportfishing Program Coordinator
208-287-2774
martin.koenig@idfg.idaho.gov
 

answered 12/10/2015

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Another 150 steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Thursday, November 19, 2015, the last of two planned stocking efforts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  In years past, as many as 900 steelhead made the road trip from Hells Canyon Dam to the Boise River, but this year's below-average steelhead return means only about 300 fish will be coming to the Boise River this fall. The fish will be stocked at four locations along the Boise River, including Glenwood Bridge, just below the Broadway Avenue Bridge behind Boise State University, at Parkcenter Bridge and at Barber Park. Anglers should note that no stocking will take place at Americana Bridge due to construction at that location. Besides a fishing license, anglers hoping to tangle with one of the hatchery steelhead need a $12.75 steelhead permit, good for 20 fish. Though required in other steelhead waters, barbless hooks are not required for Boise River steelhead angling. All steelhead stocked in the Boise River will lack an adipose fin (the small fin normally found immediately behind the dorsal fin). Boise River anglers catching a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches that lacks an adipose fin should consider the fish a steelhead. Any steelhead caught by an angler not holding a steelhead permit must immediately be returned to the water. Steelhead limits on the Boise River are three fish per day, nine in possession, and 20 for the fall season. The fish are A-run hatchery steelhead, returning to the Idaho Power Company-owned and funded Oxbow Hatchery fish trap below Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River. For more information regarding the Boise River steelhead release, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465 or check the department's web site at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/viewNewsRelease.cfm?newsID=7946  

answered 11/18/2015

Q: What is the Cutthroat trout limit on the main Salmon River below the Middle Fork?

We fish for steelhead below the Middle Fork of the Salmon River on the main part of the River. We catch a lot of cutthroat trout and we have released them. Is there a possibility we could keep one to have for dinner?

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In the Salmon River below the Middle Fork, you can only keep trout with a clipped adipose fin.  The cutthroat you are catching are wild and will have all their fins.  Therefore, it would be illegal to keep wild cutthroat caught in that reach of the Salmon River.

answered 11/3/2015

Q: salmon fishing in Andersen res.

What are the fishing rules for Salmon in the Anderson res?

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The salmon in Anderson Ranch Reservoir are landlocked fall Chinook that were stocked in the reservoir to help reduce the number of kokanee salmon.  In Idaho rules, landlocked salmon are considered in the trout bag limit and all rules for catching trout also apply to fall Chinook in Anderson Ranch.
You can use barbed hooks; 5 hooks per line and keep 6 fall Chinook per day.
 

answered 10/9/2015