The steelhead fishing this past weekend dropped off some compared to the previous one. While the hours per steelhead caught last weekend were below 10 hours in each section, they were near, or above, 10 hours this weekend. The most popular spots for fishing are still just downstream of the Pahsimeroi River and the Yankee Fork. We have ceased creeling downstream of section 17, but the few anglers who are still fishing between North Fork and Salmon, in section 16, are catching some steelhead. - Brent Beller
This past weekend most anglers were found around or upstream of the Pahsimeroi River. The majority of anglers were found in section 19. The hours per fish caught were very good for all sections that were creeled. Angler presence around Salmon dropped off significantly though. Fish were being picked up around Salmon but not in very large numbers. Very few anglers were found downstream of the Colston Access Area. The fishing above Salmon, especially in section 19, should continue to be good for the next couple of weeks. Most likely, the tail end of the steelhead run is approaching. As of today, the hatchery returns to Pahsimeroi are 4,522, while 721 have returned to the Sawtooth trap. - Brent Beller
BOISE, Idaho –The daily life of a wild Peregrine Falcon family in downtown Boise is once again on view via a web camera.
This is the fourth year that the webcam has followed the daily activities at a nest box on the 14th floor of One Capital Center, 10th and Main streets. The webcam may be seen at: peregrinefund.org/falconcam/
The nest box has been used each spring since 2003. Last year, four chicks successfully fledged from the nest, though one died about a month later from injuries suffered in a collision.
The ledge where the nest box is located simulates the high, steep cliffs the falcons use in the wild. The falcons, which strictly eat other birds, prey on a plentiful supply of pigeons, mourning doves, starlings and other birds downtown.
The web camera is sponsored by The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Fiberpipe. The nest also can be viewed on monitors in the lobby of One Capital Center, courtesy of Oppenheimer Development Corporation and J.R. Simplot Company.
“The birds are currently in the midst of courtship,” said Connie Stanger, Curator of Birds at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey. “Webcam followers can expect loud vocalizations as the male brings food to the female. Watch for the birds bowing to each other and scraping out a depression in the gravel at the bottom of the box where the eggs will be laid.”
Last year, the female laid the first of four eggs on April 7. Hatching began on May 16 and the first flight from the nest occurred on June 24. The young birds stayed in the downtown area for several weeks to hone their flying and hunting skills under the watchful eyes of their parents, and Boise residents. “There is only one other building in Idaho that is home to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons,” said Colleen Moulton, Avian Ecologist at the Idaho Department of Fish Game. “Boise is very lucky to have front row seats to the amazing process of raising young falcons.”
Once an endangered species, the Peregrine Falcon was restored through the release of captive-bred young by The Peregrine Fund. The population had been decimated by DDT, a pesticide that thinned the eggshells of many types of raptors, including the Bald Eagle. The Peregrine Falcon was removed from the Endangered Species List in 1999 but population numbers continue to be monitored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and individual states.
The Peregrine Falcon was removed from Idaho’s list of endangered species in 2009 on the 10th anniversary of the federal delisting. Like all birds of prey, the falcons remain fully protected by state and federal law.
Friday April 13, 5 – 9pm
What is the food truck rally? The Boise Weekly summed it up best!
Food trucks have become an integral part of American food culture, providing cheap, tasty eats. They're also a source of creativity, offering new takes on classics. Now that the trend has finally parked itself in Idaho, the Food Truck Rally has become a monthly celebration of the street food scene in the Treasure Valley.
Because they're mobile, sometimes it can be hard to find the food truck you're looking for, but the Food Truck Rally has changed that, allowing the navigationally challenged to enjoy Boise's street food without having to decipher a map or consult a smartphone. If you haven't tried some of these mobile meal merchants, the Rally is your best bet.
Although these vendors are often genre-bending and category-defying, they all provide comfort food that will stick to your ribs and warm you up as the weather gets colder. You can also warm your soul since this month's rally is located at—and benefits—the MK Nature Center.
Volunteers are needed! Come help out and have some fun.
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This past weekend the steelhead fishing picked up in a few sections. Unfortunately, the river then rose and clouded up a bit Saturday night. The river sections where anglers were having the best success this weekend were sections 17 and 19. Both of those sections were at or below 10 hrs per steelhead caught. Section 16, downstream of the Lemhi River, also had a very good catch rate, but not many anglers were in that section so we didn’t end up with a very large sample. As expected, the majority of anglers were found either around the Ellis/Deer Gulch area in section 17 or near the mouth of the Yankee Fork in section 19. Fishing should continue to be strong for at least the next few weeks and hopefully we can experience some good weather to close out the steelhead season. - Brent Beller
Some good weather finally appeared this weekend and the anglers really responded to it. Angler effort in both sections 17 and 19 picked up dramatically, and there were quite a few anglers in the other sections as well. Unfortunately, the steelhead did not respond as well to the good weather. Steelhead were being caught in all sections, but the hours per fish caught were not great. No section was below 10 hrs per fish caught. Also, the Pahsimeroi Hatchery started seeing fairly large amounts of steelhead moving into the trap late last week. As of Friday approximately 200 steelhead per day were in the trap. - Brent Beller
Fishing this previous weekend was pretty slow with the exception of two locations. The narrows downstream of Shoup continued to produce fish, and anglers near the mouth of the Yankee Fork also started catching them at a pretty good rate. Unfortunately, the rest of the river was not as kind to anglers. The poor weather during the weekend definitely affected the amount of anglers that were out. It possibly could have affected the steelhead, as well. The precipitation that we received caused the river to cloud up a little and rise a noticeable amount. Hopefully with some better weather, the river conditions will stabilize and fishing next weekend will improve. - Brent Beller
Before sun-up opening morning of the 2009 rifle elk season it was 15 degrees in Unit 4. My son and daughter in law, Jordan and Courtney, and I hiked 45 minutes to a clearing that we'd seen elk before. While I waited there for shooting light, Jordan & Courtney decided to backtrack a little bit and head down a well-used game trail & sit overlooking a smaller clearing near the bottom of the drainage. A few minutes went by and the magic time had arrived. All of a sudden a shot from above on the ridge road rung out and the whole mountain side came alive. A herd of elk came crashing down toward me. As I waited to see what or where they came out, I caught glimpses of several cows and a spike bull weaving through the trees on the far hillside, heading just below where I was positioned. It didn't take long until those same elk single filed right below me at about 125 yards. As I waited for the spike bull to show itself, I suddenly saw a 6X5 instead. Understandably I didn't have time to even ask to myself where he'd come from before I pulled the trigger and down he went. What an awesome hunt. With the help of my kids we had him skinned out, quartered and packed out back to camp by early afternoon! - Troy Hess
Fishing this last weekend dropped off slightly from the previous one, but the hours per fish caught were still fairly good. Poor weather on Sunday also affected our data because it limited the number of anglers who were out fishing. The best fishing was again found downriver of North Fork in sections 14 and 15. Hopefully we will soon observe the catch rates improving upstream which would indicate that the steelhead are beginning to move upriver. We did not have data from section 18 this weekend because of limited personnel, but angler pressure in that section did pick up and steelhead were being caught. We will attempt to have data for all sections again next weekend. - Brent Beller
Idaho Fish and Game "By the Numbers" data was taken from the most recent National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and this year's Idaho Fish and Game Directors Annual Report to the Commission.