The fishing history of Lake Cascade is about as diverse as the fish in it. This article sums up what to expect now and how the fishery is being managed now.
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Fire is again having a big impact on Idaho's landscape.
To assist in your hunting, angling and outdoor adventures this late summer and fall, Idaho Fish and Game will be working with the Boise National Forest and other Wildfire Teams to keep you up to date on fire closures. We are compiling the latest fire activity and closures from InciWeb and making them available as real-time maps and downloads on our website.
Web maps to view real-time closures, fire activity with hunt boundaries.
To view closures in real-time on-line we have added fire closures and fire activity to two web applications:
This tool is optimized for mobile viewing and allows you overlay hunt boundaries on current fire activity from satellites and fire emergency closures. Fire activity is updated every two hours.
We've added wildfire layers for fire activity, perimeters, closures and historical fire activity to the Huntplanner. View these layers alongside trails, campgrounds, hunts and other features.
Last year my dad took me to Scooters Youth Hunting Camp for the first time. The camp is held in Emmett at Gem State Rod and Gun Club. The camp has six different stations. They allow you to shoot shotguns, 22's muzzleloaders, archery, show you the proper techniques for knife sharpening and gun cleaning and have a station for survival. The camp also has mini-seminars. One was with Larry Lansdowne who is known for his turkey calling. He demonstrated three different types of calls: the yelp, cluck and purr. After hearing Larry's demonstration I know I wanted to go turkey hunting.
The past winter I took hunters safety with my mom. Being 10, I can't hunt big game for another two years. So now was my time to hunt turkeys. Unfortunately my dad has never hunted turkey before. We talked to Paul Waldon. He said "I will take Abbi out. Put her in for a controlled hunt and if she gets drawn, I'll take her." My mom and dad bought my hunting licene and put me in for the draw. A few weeks had past and finally I got a postcard in the mail saying I was drawn for the contolled turkey hunt. I was jumping off the walls with excitement.
My dad called Paul to let him know I had drawn. A couple of weeks into the season Paul called and said, "I found a great spot." On Sunday, April 28th, we met Paul at 5:00am. Paul had us put all our gear in his truck in order to get to the property we were hunting in Notus. After we parked we walked on a dirt road along the river to the blind. We got all set up and Paul told us the plan.
We waited and waited listening to Paul call to the turkeys. Soon we heard gobblers all around us. After about an hour of calling, Paul saw a tom and hen come around the corner. As soon as the tom saw the decoys he ran over and started jumping on them. I got a good eye on him and Paul said, "SHOOT!" so I did. "You got it," Paul and my dad said.
After we celebrated Paul said "let's sit quietly and see if we can get some more to come in." Paul started calling again and in a little bit, two more big toms and two hens came in. We heard tons of weird noises from the turkeys. Paul explained all the noises and why they make the noises while strutting. We took tons of pictures and videos of the turkeys. When the turkeys walked off we went to gather up the turkey I shot. We tagged my turkey and took lots of pictures of me, my dad and my turkey.
On our way home, we stopped at a great cafe for breakfast and talked and enjoyed the time together. After breakfast we went back to get our car. Paul showed us how to preserve the spurs and pluck the beard and feathers. My dad and I took the turkey back to our house to show my mom and sisters and to clean it. We took somse feathers to keep, skinned it and washed all the meat to clear it really well.
Fishing Idaho: A Live Chat with Fish and Game
Chat Live with F&G about Fishing in the Gem State
Anglers were invited to join an online chat with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and ask questions, give feedback, and learn more about fishing in the Gem State.
More than 100 anglers chatted live with fisheries and hatchery staff, along with enforcement officers, from 6 to 8 p.m. (MST) Wednesday, June 12.
You can review the live chat below.
I grew up hunting and fishing in Idaho with my Dad and Grandfather. It has always been a dream of mine to share the experience with my sons. This year both boys (12 and 15 years old) drew youth turkey tags and soon the bird hunt was on. Both harvested the biggest birds of their young lives, 9" beard for the youngest and a 10" for the oldest. As excited as we all were, I think their Grandfather was the most pleased with their success because he knows, better than most, how precious these days are. - Jeff Streeter
Hi everybody, I thought I’d let you know about some steelhead fishing opportunities that will be occurring in the Boise area. We will be stocking around 250 steelhead that were trapped at Hells Canyon Dam in the Boise River on Thursday, November 1 from Glenwood Bridge to Barber Park. I have been told the steelhead fishing can be quite good at times after these stocking efforts. Plans are to also stock a similar number of fish later in November. So, those of you in the Boise area who don’t like to travel, this might be a good fishing opportunity for you.
Seeing I’ve got your attention (well hopefully I do), I thought I’d also give you an update on the steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River. As I suspected, the fishing effort has been very low for the first two weeks after the general opener. In fact, I can’t remember seeing so few people fishing as I saw on the first two days of the season. As a result, there were fewer people competing over the fish that were in the river and catch rates have been good (about 10/hrs fish). With the recent rains, the river flows have shot up and turned the river dirty, but once flows settle back down I suspect a bunch more new fish will have moved into the system. So plan accordingly, the fishing could get quite good. Based on PIT tags, about 22,000 Clearwater bound hatchery steelhead have passed over Bonneville Dam this year. So far, only about 11,000 of them have made it past Lower Granite. Let’s hope this increase in flows gets those fish moving. I’m betting on it.
Fishing in the Snake and Salmon has also been decent at around 10 hrs/fish, so there are plenty of opportunities out there.
Don’t forget, fall chinook season is over tomorrow, November 1.
Talk to you all later. - Joe DuPont, Clearwater Region Fishery Manager
This year we have added two new features to the Huntplanner to enable you to better scout for your next hunt. Google Earth (KMZ) files are now available for each hunt area let you better explore the terrain online and in your GPS. Photographs, campgrounds and trails information help you better understand the landscape and access.
Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed. In order to view the impact of fires with hunt areas, IDFG has made fire activity and closures available in two mapping applications, the Idaho Huntplanner MapCenter and the IDFG Fire Map. For your GPS Unit the fire closure layer and the hunt areas are available as KMZ downloads.
Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an entire hunt unit. Hunters affected by a fire closure can adjust their schedule to hunt later in the season or exchange general tags to hunt in a different area. But tags must be exchanged before the season begins.
Hunters with controlled hunt tags may exchange them for general season tags before the controlled hunt begins. But controlled hunt fees would not be refunded. Fish and Game will consider requests for rain checks or refunds in the event that access to a hunting unit is blocked by fire. Hunters requesting a rain check will be required to submit their tags and permits with a letter describing the conditions of their request. Rain checks would be evaluated case-by-case at the end of the hunting season. Rain checks will be valid in 2013 and offered only for the same species and hunt area as the hunter held in 2012. Written requests should be sent to the license section at Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707 when the season is over.
Hunters and anglers, and anyone else heading into the backcountry, are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs' offices before heading out.
Photo Credit: Group Torching on McGuire Complex by Shawn Pearson