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A: There are a great deal of unknowns when it comes to setting annual Chinook salmon seasons so we like to wait until we have some idea how many Idaho fish have reached the lower Columbia River before setting seasons and bag limits.  Typically, we go to our Fish and Game Commission in March with a ...
2/28/13
A: Catfish are game fish so you can not use a bow to harvest them.  IDAPA 13.01.11.004. Gamefish:  Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
2/21/13
A: Yes, you can fish in an ice hut at night with a light.  Many years ago (30+/-), we had a prohibition on the use of artificial light, when fishing.  That rule was eliminated.  The only fishing that has restrictions on hours of the day that can be fished is Chinook salmon fishing.
1/23/13
A: Actually, many wouldn’t consider the diversity of fishes in the Clearwater Region to be poor.  The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers all flow through the Clearwater Region.  As a result, we have many fish species that don’t occur in other regions in the State.  For example, we have anadromous ...
1/22/13
A: This list includes fish species found to be present in this water during fish surveys. This may not be a complete list of species present in this water. Some species listed here may only be present in small quantities or seasonally. Black Crappie ,  Brown Bullhead ,  Brown Trout ,  Bull Trout ,  ...
10/26/12
A: It depends on what type of salmon you're talking about. Spring Chinook salmon will enter the mouth of the Columbia River in March and arrive in Idaho in late April - July. Summer Chinook salmon will leave the ocean in April to early May and arrive in the Salmon River in late May to July. Sockeye ...
9/18/12
A: Yes and no.  Idaho code created a Commercial Steelhead Buyers license that allows an individual to buy and sell legally caught, hatchery produced, steelhead.  The same provision was not made for Chinook salmon.  Hence, yes - you can have a license to buy and sell steelhead but no there is not a ...
8/20/12
A: We have delayed answering your question because we will not complete our accounting of hatchery and natural returns to the Snake Basin until early October when data for all hatchery and natural returns are complete. Many of our hatchery traps are still operational. We can identify the disposition ...
8/13/12
A: Pre-season we predicted that about 118,000 adult soring/summer Chinook salmon would return to the Snake River basin above Lower Granite Dam in 2012. About 80,000 or about 68% of the pre-season forecast actually returned. While Columbia River fisheries may have caught proportionately slightly more ...
8/6/12
A: No, Chinook salmon that are stocked in the Boise River originate from returns to Hells Canyon Dam. Returns to Hells Canyon Dam during 2012 were insufficient to meet both hatchery broodstock needs and allow stocking in the Boise River. However, we still plan to tranfer approximately 1000 adult ...
7/29/12
A: Unfortunately, it is not going to be stocked with Chinook salmon during 2012. Those Chinook stocked in the past few years have originated from hatchery returns to Hells Canyon Dam.  During 2012, returns were insufficient to meet broodstck needs and to provide fish for transferring. However, adult ...
7/18/12
A: Final accounting of returns will not be completed until late August but preliminary estimates of the split of adult returns over Lower Granite suggest that the contribtions to an adult passasge of 80,000 fish might be distributed approximately as follows: Total Passage       80,000 Wild Natural ...
7/9/12
A: Natural mortality (excluding harvest) for salmon between Lower Granite Dam and hatchery facilites varies by facility and year but typically is not more than 5%. So if  there were no harvest in Idaho and 10,000 hatchery fish crossed Lower Granite Dam 9,500 or more would make it back to hatcheries. ...
7/2/12
A: Jack Chinook salmon are reproductively mature salmon that have spent one year in the ocean.  While fisheries managers typically refer to adult salmon as the fish larger than 24 inches in length that spend 2 or more years in the ocean, in reallity jacks are mature adults and are an important part ...
6/27/12
A: The harvest share estimates for the Upper Salmon are based on analysis of PIT tag detections and genetic samples from Lower granite Dam. The estimate and improves as our knowledge of the total return size improves through the run. Right now our harvest sharet estimate is in the range  from 1,200 ...
6/27/12
A: Well, To date the harvest is limited but so is the effort. A total of 18 adult Chinook Salmon have been caught and kept through Tuesday but only an average of 12 anglers fished daily and a total of 800 angler hours were fished (about 44 hours per fish kept). While that is not an imperssive harvest ...
6/26/12
A: Two years ago, fewer salmon smolts were released from Pahsimeroi due to enviromental issues at the hatchery.  PIT tags, which are tags that can be detected a various dams as the smolts migrate downstream and the adults return upstream, indicate the number of adult salmon returning to Pahsimeroi ...
6/25/12
A: Jack Chinook salmon are reproductively mature salmon that have spent one year in the ocean. While fisheries managers typically refer to adult salmon as the fish larger than 24 inches in length that spend 2 or more years in the ocean, in reallity jacks are mature adults and are an important part of ...
6/25/12
A: There are many variables that influence time of the run return.  Flow, temperatures, and sediment loading are just three of the factors.  We know concentrations of predator (seals and sea lions) also have some influence on return timing but were not sure how much they delay movement between the ...
6/21/12
A: The Chinook salmon sport fishery harvest quota for the South Fork Salmon River is updated weekly as the run comes in. The harvest quota On July 5 is 1,500 fish. Current harvest quotas are posted on the IDFG web site.
6/20/12
A: Based on PIT tag detection among adult Chinook Salmon ascending the dams in the Columbia River we anticipate 2012 returns of adult Chinook salmon to the Sawttooth Hatchery will substatially exceed brood stock needs for that facility and will be avaialble for harvest. In contrast, current ...
6/16/12
A: Thanks for the question and your interest in this fishery.  Unfortunately there are very few Pahsimeroi fish returning this year and their chance of encounter in this fishery is very small.  Even when the Pahsimeroi  Hatchery Chinook return is robust only a small fraction of the Pahsimeroi stock ...
6/13/12
A: The fishing season for Chinook salmon in the Upper salmon River opens on June 23 until firther notice in the section from tthe Highway 75 bridge over the Salmon River about 250 yards upstream of the mouth of the East Fork Salmon River upstream to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the ...
6/13/12
A: Unfortunately the Chinook returns are quite a bit smaller than predicted this year.  As such the fishery will be targeting only fish returning to the Sawtooth hatchery.  This year’s commission approved boundaries will be from the posted boundary downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery (upstream of ...
6/12/12
A: We anticipate 2012 returns of adult Chinook salmon to the Sawttooth Hatchery will substatially exceed brood stock needs for that facility and will be avaialble for harvest. In contrast, current information from PIT tag detections in the Columbia River hydrosystem suggest that the returns of adult ...
6/12/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Monday, June 11, approved Chinook fishing seasons on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers. The Chinook fishing season opens June 23 and continues until further notice from Fish and Game. Seasons open June 23 on:   South Fork Salmon, lower - From the ...
6/11/12
A: The season for Chinook salmon opens in the South Fork Salmon River on June 23 until firther notice. Daily limit of 4 salmon only 2 of which may be adults (24 or more inches in length) and possession of 12 salmon only 6 of which may be adults.
6/9/12
A: Chinook salmon in Lake Coeur d'Alene are not subject to the 5/8 inch shank and the barbless rules of other areas.
6/7/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
6/4/12
A: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via teleconference on June 11 to discuss the proposal for a 2012 Chinook salmon fishery in the South Fork Salmon  South Fork Salmon River. At that time they will set a starting date if they approve a fishery.  
6/4/12
A: Yes, there will likely be a fishery on the Upper Salmon River in 2012. The returns back to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi hatcheries are not as large as originally forecasted and we have defered a decision on what river sections will be open. We are waiting until we have a better sense of the numbers ...
5/31/12
A: Because the overall return of spring/summer Chinook salmon to Idaho is smaller than orginally anticipated we have deferred making a decsion about the fishery in the Upper Salmon River  while gathering and analyzing PIT tag detection data relevant to  hatchery returns to that area.   It is clear ...
5/30/12
A: The key is the language regarding a “healed scar.”  The fish were small when the adipose fin was clipped.  If the adipose is altered and the wound is healed – you should be ok to keep the fish.
5/22/12
A: Current Chinook salmon information is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140.  Hatchery returns will return to the page when they start showing up in the rivers later this Spring.
5/11/12
A: No, it isn't.  It is only valid for Chinook salmon fishing within the state of Idaho.
4/26/12
A: Nonresidents can purchase a "daily" fishing license; the first day costs $12.75 and each additional day is $6.00.  You can purchase it at any vendor. If you are interested in Chinook salmon fishing, you can purchase a 3-day salmon/steelhead license.  This includes a fishing license and steelhead/ ...
4/9/12
A: The list of game fish (copied below) is found in the Fishing Rules Book.   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
4/7/12
A: Yes, but we stress to all individuals the need to obtain a receipt.  This receipt must contain the following information: Name and tribal identification number of Nez Perce tribal member selling the fish Name of the fish buyer Date of the sale Number of salmon sold Species of salmon and where it ...
2/10/12
A: Lots of environmental conditions affect when the salmon arrive at Lower Granite Dam. Fish and Game opens the season in late April to make sure that in years when the run is early, anglers are able to fish for the salmon. In 2001, a year with a large return, more than 38,000 Chinook salmon had been ...
4/24/11