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Castle Rock State Park Fishing Pond and Archery Range Dedication

This videos highlights the grand opening of a new fishing pond and archery range at Castle Rocks State Park south of Burley on June 27th.

“We have a long history of partnership with Idaho Parks and Recreation and this pond and archery range demonstrate our combined efforts to provide quality outdoor recreation for families,” said Virgil Moore, Director of Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Fish and Game worked closely with Idaho Parks and Recreation on engineering and design of the 1.4 acre fishing pond and provided funding for the 14-station archery range. The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation and Idaho State Bowhunters also provided additional funding.

More than 150 people attended the event, as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Lunch was provided by the Almo Parent Teacher Organization and Cache Peak Civic Association to raise funds for school and civic activities.

Sawtooth hatchery closed to visitors through July 10, 2015

The Sawtooth hatchery, near Stanley, Idaho is getting some updates.

New asphalt being placed requires us to close the hatchery to visitors starting now through July 10, 2015.

 

This closure includes the visitor center, the kid's fishing ponds, and the trap. 

 

 

You can also follow the Sawtooth hatchery on Facebook and see how things are going!

 

Happy 4th of July!! As of today, we have trapped 1,022 Chinook salmon. A total of 89 have been released to spawn...

Posted by Sawtooth Hatchery on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tracking Lochsa River Steelhead

New Juvenile Fish Trap in the Lochsa!

We thought folks might be interested in why we have this new piece of equipment floating in the Lochsa at Lowell. The Lochsa River is a potential stronghold for wild steelhead in Idaho, though we have much to learn about this population.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is working to better understand Lochsa River wild steelhead in order to protect and increase the population of this valuable species. The Lochsa River trap will be operated annually, from February to November (as water levels allow), and will be removed and stored offsite during the winter.

Juvenile rotary screw traps are important tools for fisheries managers to capture juvenile steelhead and other fishes. The traps capture juvenile steelhead leaving their natal streams on their journey to the ocean (outmigration). Fish enter the cone of the trap on the upstream side and are held in the live well on the downstream side of the trap. Traps are checked daily and biological data is collected on individual fish before releasing them to continue their migration to the Pacific Oceanjuvenile steelhead

PIT-Tags are widely used to monitor the survival, abundance, and life history of fish populations. PIT-tags are inserted into many of the juvenile steelhead captured which allows us to track individual fishes movements downstream through the dams and back upstream as adults.

IDFG operates the Lochsa River screw trap to collect information on how many wild steelhead are leaving the Lochsa River, when they are leaving, how old they are, and how well they survive on their way to the ocean. These data are extremely useful in providing agencies the information needed to protect and perpetuate this valuable resource. - Brian Knoth, Clearwater Region Fisheries Biologist

 

Screw trap on the Lochsa River for trapping juvenile steelhead

Noxious weeds: a serious habitat threat

I've heard a lot about pesky weeds in Idaho over the years. However, I was surprised to read the statistics in a recent Post Register article picked up by the Spokesman-Review.

Many of Idaho's wildlife management plans have sections dedicated to weeds as a habitat threat. I know that I'll be looking for additional information so that I'm personally not inadvertently spreading noxious weeds. I'll start with Idaho Department of Agriculture's Noxious Weed Program.

Possible Plague found in Canyon County rodents

Initial testing of dead voles (commonly called meadow mice) found in an area near Highway 19 immediately west of Caldwell indicates possible plague. The mortality event appears to be localized and not widespread; however Idaho public health officials and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are urging people to take precautions and report groups of dead rodents.

Read the full news release at the Department of Health and Welfare blog.

 

If you see multiple dead rodents, please fill out a report:

 

 

 

Kaden's Youth Turkey Hunt

A first hunt is a memorable experience for everyone involved. This spring, 11-year-old Kaden Davis’s drew a turkey tag and his first hunt was captured on video by C.C. Films. Jay Stark and Christopher Collins, two Idaho Fish and Game Hunter Education Instructors, hosted Kaden and his dad Toby, along with Kaden’s P.E. teacher.

Chinook Fishing Results - May 24, 2015

IDFG Chinook salmon Harvest and Effort Report for May 18 to May 24, 2015.

   
                 

Clearwater River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Railroad Bridge to Cherrylane Bridge

Closed to salmon fishing on May 17

Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge

648

36

684

5,133

7.5

82

Closed to salmon fishing on May 22

North Fork Clearwater River

586

3

589

2,919

5.0

77

 

Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge

157

10

167

2,489

14.9

37

 

Middle Fork Clearwater River

292

2

294

2,649

9.0

90

 

South Fork Clearwater River

249

0

249

3,207

12.9

16

 

Lochsa River

0

0

0

33

NA

0

 

Clearwater River drainage weekly total

1,932

51

1,983

16,430

8.3

302

 

Clearwater River drainage SEASON TOTAL

5,164

58

5,222

76,479

14.6

1,130

 

               

 

Salmon River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Rice Creek Bridge to Hammer Creek Boat Ramp

208

25

233

3,664

15.7

39

 

Hammer Creek Boat Ramp to Time Zone Bridge

579

6

585

10,069

17.2

79

 

Time Zone Bridge to Short's Creek

834

15

849

8,834

10.4

44

 

Short's Creek to Vinegar Creek

47

0

47

1,111

23.6

0

 

Little Salmon River--Mouth to lower Pollock bridge

1,085

3

1,088

16,444

15.1

33

 

Little Salmon River--Upstream of lower Pollock bridge

0

0

0

0

NA

0

No catch or effort was observed

Salmon River drainage weekly total

2,753

49

2,802

40,122

14.3

195

 

Salmon River drainage SEASON TOTAL

4,605

59

4,664

67,793

14.5

386

 

                 

Snake River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Hells Canyon Dam tailrace-weekly total

111

10

121

1,844

15.2

23

 

Hells Canyon tailrace SEASON TOTAL

367

14

381

5,737

15.1

85