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Idaho's largest fish gets some press in the Snake River

October 30, 2013 - 9:24pm -- idfg-bstuder

Learn more about a multi-jurisdictional study on a white sturgeon in the Snake River. This two part story can be found here:

Part 1 http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/White-Sturgeon-series-part-1-229316541.html?tab=video&c=y

Part 2 http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/White-Sturgeon-229531141.html?tab=video&c=y

 

Upper Salmon River Weekend Report 10/20/13

October 24, 2013 - 3:01pm -- idfg-vosborn

This weekend on the upper Salmon River the steelhead fishing improved considerably over the previous one in location codes 14 and 15, but remained slow upstream in location codes 16 and 17. Anglers had the best catch rates downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14, where they averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 47 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15 anglers averaged 17 hours per steelhead caught and 55 hours per steelhead kept. No kept steelhead were found upstream of North Fork and only one was reported as released, which resulted in a catch rate of 356 hours per steelhead in location code 16. In location code 17, angler effort was low and no steelhead were reported caught.  Click here for a full report.  - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician

 

Rule Changes on Clearwater River

October 24, 2013 - 2:40pm -- idfg-vosborn

Hi everybody, we are implementing rule changes for steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River that you all should be aware of.  First I will let you know what the rule changes are and then I will let you know why we made these changes.

Starting on the season opener (October 15, 2013), for the entire Clearwater River basin where steelhead fishing is allowed, the limit will be 1 adipose clipped steelhead, 2 in possession (see attachment). 

In addition, from the mouth of the Clearwater River upstream to the Orofino Bridge including the North Fork Clearwater River, only adipose clipped steelhead less than or equal to 28 inches can be harvested.

These rules will apply for both the fall and spring seasons which means they will remain in effect through April 30, 2014 after which the steelhead season closes in the Clearwater River basin.

Obviously, with these rules, people will be needing to measure some of these fish to make sure they are legal.  Here are my recommendations to minimize handling mortality.  If the fish is clearly larger than 28 inches don’t take it out of the water unless you want to take a quick picture.  For those fish close to 28 inches, put some marks on the outside of your boat that you can rest the fish against to check it’s length against (you may be able to do this without taking the fish out of the net).  This will help prevent people from dropping a struggling fish in the bottom of their boat increasing the likelihood of handling mortality.  For bank anglers, try to keep the fish in the water while measuring it.  If you turn a steelhead upside down while in the water, it tends to remain calm allowing you to accurately measure this fish (this requires two of you though). 

I imagine, for some of you, these rule changes have your blood boiling.  Please bear with me and read on so you understand why we had to make these rule changes.

A beautiful day for fishing.

September 23, 2013 - 5:39pm -- idfg-vosborn
Steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River

Steelhead fishing is still slow in both the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. Weather is cooling off and we had a nice rain storm on Sunday. The featured picture is of the confluence river section 01 and of Washington river section 648. Click here to see the latest steelhead harvest report. - Jaime Robertson, Fisheries Technician

The 2013 Elk Plan Live Chat - Draft Plan Questions and Answers

August 20, 2013 - 2:06pm -- idfg-melmer
Bugling elk

 

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the release of a draft elk plan for public comment at their August meeting.  Biologists are conducting an online chat in regard to the draft elk plan on August 29, 2013 from 6 - 8 pm MDT.

We look forward to taking your comments and addressing your questions.

 

 

Chat guidelines

 

Seeing Through the Smoke

August 13, 2013 - 2:02pm -- idfg-bthomas

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:


IDFG Fire Map

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.

fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire

 


Huntplanner Map Center

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.

fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/mapcenter

 

 

Fishing Idaho: A Live Chat with Fish and Game

May 23, 2013 - 1:39pm -- idfg-bstuder

Fishing Idaho: A Live Chat with Fish and Game

 

Free Fishing Day!

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.

 

 

Weekend Steelhead Summary for Clearwater River 4/20/13

April 15, 2013 - 5:07pm -- idfg-vosborn

Catch on the North Fork of the Clearwater  this past weekend was great and decent for keepers, but low number of anglers interviewed. The catch on the South Fork is great - 2 hours for each fish caught - but horrible for keepers. Anglers only kept 2 fish out of the 31 caught. On the Little Salmon the catch is good but only 4 fish kept out of the 14 caught.  - Seth Crevison, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician

Abby's First Bird!

April 15, 2013 - 1:57pm -- idfg-vosborn
Abby's first bird

As all good hunting stories start, "It was a crisp cool morning"...well not really, it was damn cold!! Twenty three degrees to be exact ! However, the cold didn't chill 11-year old Abby Asker's enthusiasm to get out on her first hunt. Abby was bundled up and ready to go as her Dad, Mike and I scrambled to our turkey blind. It was a rush to beat the fast approaching day. The turkeys were fired up and gobbling up a storm from the moment we got out of the truck. Soon after settling in, a big tom flew in from his roost and strutted just out of range. He soon lost interest in my calls and strutted off into the sunrise. Next a Jake became enamored with our sweet hen calls and gobbled in for a closer look. That is all Abby needed.  I could feel Abby's heart beating through her shoulder as I helped her mount her gun. I went back over with her to aim at the head and be smooth on the trigger. The safety clicked off...Kaboom!!! Abby collected a fine feast for the Asker family. I thought her face was going to crack from her well earned grin. After tagging up and a quick photo session it was off to school. Awesome way to start a day! - George Fischer, IDFG District Conservation Officer

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