Magic Valley

Public Meetings for 2016 – 2018 Fishing Seasons

Winter fishing. Photo by Evin Oneale.

 

While Idaho’s 2013-2015 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure will continue to be valid through 2015, a new 2016-2018 brochure is in the early stages of development.

Anglers have the opportunity to shape that rule book by sharing their ideas at one of several upcoming open houses hosted by Idaho Fish and Game staff; see list below. Attendees can also learn the latest and provide input regarding 2015 Chinook salmon seasons and limits.

If you're unable to attend one of the public meetings, you can submit your comments online.

Anglers are encouraged to talk with our Fisheries Biologists at scheduled meeting times listed below or call our Regional Fish Managers at the listed telephone numbers:

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Panhandle Region 1 – Jim Fredericks, Regional Fish Manager - 208-769-1414

  • Coeur d’Alene: February 17, Lake City Center Sportsman’s Breakfast, 6:30 am
  • Coeur d’Alene: February 17, Regional Office 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., 8 am to 5 pm (open house)
  • Sandpoint: February 19, Annual State-of-the-Lake Meeting, Ponderay Events Center, 7 – 9:00 pm

Clearwater Region 2 – Joe DuPont, Regional Fish Manager - 208-799-5010

  • Orofino: February 19, IDFG Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Drive (located northwest of Ahsahka Bridge), 6:00 pm
  • Riggins: February 23, Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street, 6:00 pm MT
  • Lewiston: February 25, Regional Office, 3316 16th Street, 6:00 pm (open house)
  • Moscow: February 26, Fairground Exhibit Building, 1021 Harold Street, 6:00 pm

Southwest Region 3 – McCall – Dale Allen, Regional Fish Manager - 208-634-8137

  • McCall: February 19, Regional Office 555 Deinhard Lane, noon to 7:00 pm; Salmon Season talk beginning at 7:00 pm (open house)
  • Riggins: February 23, Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street, 6:00 pm MT
  • McCall: February 24, Regional Office 555 Deinhard Lane, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (open house)
  • Council: February 25, Council Grange Hall, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Southwest Region 3 – Nampa – Joe Kozfkay, Regional Fish Manager - 208-465-8465

  • Nampa: February 17 Regional Office 3101 So. Powerline Road 8 am to 8 pm (open house)
  • Boise: February 18 Morrison Knudsen Nature Center, Open House 5 to 7 pm - Salmon season presentation at 7 pm; Nampa and McCall staff

Magic Valley Region 4 – Doug Megargle, Regional Fish Manager - 208-324-4359

  • Hailey: February 24, Blaine Co. Community Campus 1050 Fox Acres Road, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Burley: February 25, Best Western Inn 800 N. Overland, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Jerome: February 26, Regional Office 324 S. 417 E., 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (open house)

Southeast Region 5 – David Teuscher, Regional Fish Manager - 208-232-4703

  • Pocatello: February 24, Regional Office 1345 Barton Road, 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (open house)

Upper Snake Region 6 – Dan Garren, Regional Fish Manager - 208-525-7290

  • Driggs: February 19, Driggs County Courthouse, 6:30 pm
  • Ashton: February 23, Ashton Community Center, 6:30 pm
  • Idaho Falls: February 24, Idaho Falls IDFG Regional Office, 6:30 pm (open house)

Salmon Region 7 – Greg Schoby, Regional Fish Manager - 208-756-2271

  • Salmon: February 25, IDFG Regional Office, 6:00 pm (open house)
  • Challis: February 26, Challis Community Center, 6:00 pm

Castle Rocks State Park Fishing Pond - Coming the Spring of 2015

Ground breaking for the Castle Rocks Park fishing pond.

Idaho Parks and Recreation along with Idaho Department of Fish and Game are teaming-up to bring you one of the most scenic fishing ponds in Idaho.  Ground was recently broken in the park for a fishing pond that will be stocked with rainbow trout by the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game.

 

Wallace Keck, Park Superintendent and Doug Megargle Regional Fish Manager are collaborating on the project as a way to provide better customer service for anglers visiting the park and living near the town of Almo.  This will also allow the Fish and Game to stock fish in an area where they are more likely to be harvested by anglers.  It will also help to protect Yellowstone cutthroat trout found in Almo Creek by providing more angler opportunities in the pond.

Cascade Reservoir Fishing Condition Report January 23, 2015

This week's ice conditions improved from last week with ice reported between 6-8" everywhere around the lake with some spots with 10+ inches. With that being said we also had a warm spelled sweep through the area on Sunday with rain and warm temps causing the snow that was on top of the ice to melt.  Since we have had cold temps the last couple of days that has frozen solid adding another layer of ice to what was already accumulated.  Since there is no snow on the ice, the conditions are very slick so caution should be had.  There have been a large number of people taking ATV’s and Snowmobiles out on the ice, although caution should be used when taking heavier equipment out on the ice.

The pressure this past week peaked on Saturday which saw a lot of anglers scattered throughout the entire lake both North and South.  But with the warm spell on Sunday the fishing pressure dropped quickly with very few anglers being seen on Sunday as well as through the first part of this week.  Even with the increased pressure on Saturday catch rates were still relatively slow.  Once again perch angler reports of mostly smaller fish and very few quality sized fish coming out.  The trout fishing on the South end of the lake near the city boat ramp and Blue Heron boat ramp has proved to be somewhat productive with some nice size trout being taken early this week.

This coming Saturday (1/24) the Hardwater Classic ice fishing derby is being held so pressure through the later part of this week into the weekend should increase significantly.  Hopefully with this increased fishing pressure more quality size fish will be found and anglers will have a better idea as to where to focus their effort.  Until then the best of luck to anyone out in search of perch through the ice.

Related to ice fishing, here is a picture from South Korea of what real ice fishing competition looks like.

Cascade Reservoir Ice Fishing Conditions and Report 1/16/15

This week’s ice conditions have improved greatly since the previous week.  On the North end of lake(Boulder Creek, Poison Creek) there was a consistent 5-7” of ice extending out a few hundred yards from shore.  There are reports that ice on the South End(Sugarloaf, City Boat Ramp) is also in the 4-6” range.  With cold temperatures that ice depth should increase.  Angling pressure on both ends of the lake over the last week was fairly low with a majority of the pressure occurring over the weekend.  The most pressure was found on the north end of the lake, due in large to better ice conditions.  There was very little effort seen on the south end of the lake over the weekend.  Fishing success varied amongst groups of anglers but the majority of people were encountering tough fishing.  The majority of fish being caught were small (4-6”) with a few bigger fish being found.  There have been reports of some nice perch being caught, although this has not been reflected in the creel data gathered.  Hopefully as more people start fishing the success will pick up.

2015 Spring & Summer Chinook Salmon Return Estimates

Get your salmon fishing pole tuned-up and your boat ready to hit the water. Biologists have made their preseason forecasts for the 2015 Chinook salmon returns to Idaho.

Early indications show more adult Chinook salmon returning in 2015 than we saw in 2014 - which ranks as one of the best Chinook fishing seasons in years.

Open Houses for 2015 Proposals for Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat

Idaho Fish and Game is proposing changes for the 2015 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat seasons and will be holding open houses in several locations throughout the state.

Please join us at your convenience at any open house and give us your thoughts on the proposals.

See the list below for times and locations in your area. This table will update as events become available.

Date and TimeLocation
December 15, 2014
8:00 am to
6:00 pm
Clearwater Regional Fish and Game Office
3316 16th St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
December 18, 2014
Noon to
7:00 pm
Magic Valley Regional Fish and Game Office
324 South 417 East - Suite 1
Jerome, ID 83338
December 18, 2014
3:00 pm to
6:00 pm
Panhandle Regional Fish and Game Office
2885 W. Kathleen Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
December 29, 2014
8:00 am to
5:00 pm
Southeast Regional Fish and Game Office
1345 Barton Road
Pocatello, ID 83204

Through
January 5, 2015

 

Southwest Regional Fish and Game Office

Questions are encouraged over the phone:
  • In Nampa: 208-465-8465
    • ask for Craig White or Jake Powell
  • In McCall: 208-634-8137
    • ask for Regan Berkley or Nathan Borg

Drop-ins encouraged. Please make an appointment.

Through
January 5, 2015

Salmon Regional Fish and Game Office

Questions are encouraged over the phone:
  • In Salmon: 208-756-2271
    • ask for Greg Painter

Drop-ins encouraged. Please make an appointment.

Event locations last updated: 12/12/2014 11:29pm MT

The Upper Snake Region will not be holding an open house.

 

You can also review the proposals and make comments online.

Fall Steelhead - Oxbow Fish Hatchery

Ever wonder where the steelhead stocked in the Boise River originate and why they don't arrive until late fall? Check the following websites for the latest information on Snake River steelhead and the complex coordination that determines their destination.

http://www.ktvb.com/videos/news/features/2014/11/20/19313939/

and

http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/recreation/hatchery-recaptures-build-steelhead-fishing-season/article_042b57e8-af32-5de6-bc93-dba8981972c9.html