Clearwater

Be Careful Ice Fishing - January 2016

I recently observed pictures on social media of anglers ice fishing on Lake Lowell near Nampa. Anglers and other recreationists going out on the ice on lower elevation lakes, reservoirs and ponds need to be very careful and be prepared with safety equipment. Have 20'+ of rope, never go alone and maintain distance between yourself and other anglers. If someone falls through the ice - don't rush to the hole. Remain calm and assess your situation before moving. Before attempting a rescue - call for assistance. Spread your weight out on the ice by laying down or rolling to the bank or a safe distance from the hole.  Use a long stick, ladder or rope to assist anyone who's fallen through the ice to get back on top. If you've fallen through the ice, put both arms on the ice and kick like you are swimming. It is much easier to get back on the ice by kicking and pulling yourself forward with the help from a buddy holding a long stick or rope.

As temperatures start to warm, the edges of the ice can become unsafe. Pay attention to your surrounds because conditions can change rapidly.

Learn more about ice fishing in Idaho.

Clearwater Steelhead Report (1/4/16)

The cold weather has parts of the Clearwater River icing over on the main stem around Myrtle and then by the Ahsahka check station site. Many anglers are coming out to fish during the afternoon hours to avoid the colder temperatures. Catch rates for both river section 03 and 05 were good this past week at 8hrs a fish. Check Harvest Report for more details. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Regino

Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (12/28/15)

The Clearwater River had good catch rates this past week. From the mouth of the Clearwater to Orofino Bridge catch rates were at 3hrs/fish. Effort is low, but anglers are still catching fish. River section 04 above Orofino Bridge is running free of ice and the river clarity is clear. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

The Bite is on at Cascade Reservoir - 2016 Starts Right

Ice fishing over the weekend (Jan. 2 and 3) at the upper end of Cascade Reservoir was reported to be very good with anglers catching 10 - 12" perch at Poison Creek. Reports were of 150 people at the site Saturday morning. Tackle Tom's and Southwest Idaho Fishing Facebook pages show fish from several satisfied anglers.

typical North Idaho buck

It was just a beautiful cold, sunny day in the north woods. A weather front was predicted to arrive that evening and the deer were feeding in the early afternoon. This buck appeared in the field and gave me a good shot at 217 yards and is now in my freezer. It is a great time to be alive and able to experience this time of year.

Dedicated Fishing Access Builders

Idaho Fish and Game staff are putting the finishing touches on improvements at Beaver Dick Park in eastern Idaho. Enhancements include replacement of the boat ramp, a new vault toilet, new docks and ADA improvements.

Our Engineering and construction crews work in all weather conditions to make sure access improvements are done as efficiently as possible. This service not only benefits anglers - but other outdoor recreationists, as well. If you enjoy recreating on lakes and rivers in Idaho and don't buy a hunting or fishing license - thank sportsmen and women across the state for giving you these facilities.

Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (11/30/15)

This past week fishing was slow in most areas. River section 03 (mouth of the Clearwater to Memorial Bridge) had catch rates of 8 hours a fish and river section 02 (Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam) was at 10 hours a fish. River section 04 on the Clearwater (upstream from Orofino Bridge) has ice over the river between the Zans boat ramp and 5 mile ramp. Anglers that fished on the North Fork reported slow fishing. One of the big comments is that the water is too clear. Anglers that used orange beads, orange headed jigs with pink hackle, or plugs have reported the most success. Check Harvest Report for more details. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (11/16/15)

Steelhead catch rates on the Clearwater River this past week were good with 10 hours or less to catch. We are starting to document more anglers fishing above Orofino Bridge and we documented catch on the South Fork of the Clearwater. The Salmon River documented 18 hours or less to catch and the Snake River documented 18 or less as well. There are still quite a few people fishing up by Heller Bar on river section 01 of the Snake. Anglers reported that overall the catch rates have been pretty good in that area and are happy with the fishing. Anglers are drifting eggs, floating bobbers, jig with shrimp, bottom bouncing, and back trolling. Check Harvest Report for details.  - Jaime Robertson, Senior fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

Video: Conservation officer frees buck

In August, Conservation Officer John McLain received a call about an entangled buck near Orofino. Finding the buck, he turned on his body-mounted camera and thought, “this might be a video of me getting my butt kicked, or it might turn out alright.”

Once freed, the deer remained on the ground for a few seconds, then bound away and appeared uninjured by the experience.

For the whole story, read the press release: Conservation Officer Frees Buck And Video Goes Viral.

Don't try this at home.