McCall

Video: Hot Summer Affects Chinook

It wasn't just the sockeye salmon that suffered in this record hot summer of 2015. Fish and Game's McCall Hatchery made some changes to accommodate over-heated Chinook salmon.

This video explains some of the events and Idaho Fish and Game's response.

“Because of the water temperatures in the South Fork being in the upper seventies, we were seeing a lot of mortality over there with fish that we were holding as well as fish that were in the river swimming free,’ said Joel Patterson, McCall Hatchery Assistant Manager. “So, those fish were then transported here because of elevated temperatures and low flows.”

Normally, the McCall Hatchery is housing catchable rainbow trout in the summer, but those fish were moved out early to lower elevation lakes and streams to make room for the Chinook salmon. Instead of spawning the fish at the trap, it was done at the McCall Hatchery in late August and early September.

Idaho fire closure map update (9/25/2015) - Most "area" closures lifted

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Most of Idaho's fire closure areas have been lifted. However, there are still many trail and road closures in some areas.

Areas that have been burned, and any additional, remaining closures are available in the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/25/2015 1:00pm MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/21/2015)

Still more encouraging reductions in closure areas. However, remain cautious and aware of your surroundings while in the field! Continue to respect closure areas and trails and roads and give plenty of room to fire crews.

The fall weather has helped the closure areas and restrictions loosen, however some areas still have closures of trails, roads, and areas near active fires. The Forest Service offices have travel plans, maps, and additional information about travel restrictions.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the "Turn Layers/On Off" menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/21/2015 8:00pm MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Sept. 18: Clearwater Region lifts fire restriction on F&G lands

LEWISTON - Due to recent widespread rain events throughout many parts of north-central Idaho, Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions will be lifted on Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) managed lands across the Clearwater Region, effective immediately. This applies to all Wildlife Management Areas, Lakes and Reservoirs, and fishing access areas owned or managed by IDFG across Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho counties.

Contact the regional office for more information (208) 799-5010. Please visit http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.

 

Update: Additionally, there are some other large area closures that are now lifted and replaced with trail and road closures. The area closure reductions can be seen on our fire page and map center. The road and trail closures information is available at the USFS district offices.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/17/2015)

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Hunters, anglers and others please note: Trail and road closures still exist in burned areas despite recent wetter, cooler weather. Please respect the trail closures and travel plan restrictions. The US Forest Service and BLM offices will continue to update closures leading as conditions allow.
Hunters should exercise extreme care where fire-related activities are taking place and respect working areas of fire crews.

Contact the Forest Service for more information on those trail closures and travel plans.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the "Turn Layers/On Off" menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
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Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/17/2015 8:10am MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Horsethief Reservoir, near Cascade: 2015 salvage order

The Idaho Fish and Game has begun draining Horsethief Reservoir, east of Cascade, because someone illegally stocked it with bullheads.

"We run it as a trout fishery and when you start introducing other species there, they don't do well and it makes the trout not do well," said Dale Allen, regional fisheries manager. "It's an easy one to drain for us but it takes away a lot of fishing opportunity for fishermen."

The reservoir was built in 1968 and this is the sixth time it has had to be drained because of the introduction of illegal fish. Fish managers are hoping for a normal winter with plenty of snow to refill Horsethief. Even if the winter is mild, Fish and Game plans to re-stock in the spring, which usually occurs around the first of May.

“We’ll lose ice fishing. It’s turned into a really good ice fishery,” said Allen.

But for now, the fishing has been good. The gate was opened on September 8 so the reservoir has begun to empty. The few anglers who are taking advantage are catching a lot of fish.

The salvage suspends fish bag and possession limits and is in effect until October 20. The lifting of angler limits is a way to use most of the fish that currently reside in the reservoir. However anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license. With the exception of firearms, explosives, chemicals and electricity, fish may be taken with any method, including seines and dip nets. All fish must be killed before transport from the reservoir.

Anglers should note that while fishing will remain open until the reservoir is drained in mid-October, camping at the reservoir will close September 21, no campfires are allowed, and all docks have been removed.  

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/12/2015)

Please note: Trail & road closures exist in burned areas. Please respect the trail closures and travel plan restrictions. The US Forest Service and BLM offices have critical information about these constantly changing, closures.
Hunters: Please, remain vigilant. Exercise extreme care with any fire-related activity and please respect working areas of fire crews.

Still more encouraging reductions in closure areas. Remain cautious and aware of your surroundings while in the field, though! Today's update shows reductions in the Motorway complex. Several private land areas are now open again as well. The new private land layer has been updated in the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the "Turn Layers/On Off" menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
fire-map-closures-in-Idaho-2015

Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/12/2015 5:00pm MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Sept. 11: Forest Service asks hunters to be careful near Cougar Fire northeast of Cascade

Public use and recreational activities within and near the Cougar Fire Area Closure are causing issues for the ongoing work of firefighters. Firefighters continue to patrol, rehabilitate and fall dangerous snag trees. With the opening of hunting season they are starting to see citizens enter the area. In addition, traffic has increased on the opened Forest Roads 409 and 474, which are being used by firefighters during the day.

Speeding is the biggest concern, and with tight corners, and in some cases limited sight distances, higher speeds endanger both the public and firefighters.

“Use of this small area of closed public land during firefighting activities jeopardizes both firefighter and public safety,” said Mary Faurot, Cascade District Ranger. “Until the fire is declared controlled, the area will not be opened and I urge hunters to use other nearby open areas.

“In the immediate area of the fire closure, and also along the Warm Lake Highway which may have fire traffic on it, we ask the public to reduce speeds and be extra alert,” Faurot added.

The 1,236 acre Cougar Fire is about 20 miles northeast of Cascade and approximately 4 miles west of Warm Lake. The fire is 100% contained, but is still burning within the interior so it is not controlled. The vast Boise National Forest is open for recreation and hunter use with only the Cougar Fire area closure in effect.

Further information is available at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov or by calling the Cascade Ranger District at 208-382-7400.

Idaho fire closure map at a glance (9/11/2015)

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Please note: Trail & road closures exist in burned areas. Please respect the trail closures and travel plan restrictions. The US Forest Service and BLM offices have critical information about these constantly changing, closures.
Hunters: Please, remain vigilant. Exercise extreme care with any fire-related activity and please respect working areas of fire crews.

There continues to be encouraging reductions in closure areas. Remain cautious and aware of your surroundings while in the field, though! Today's update shows reductions in the Selway complex, but heed trail and road closures in those burned areas. Several private land areas are now open again as well.

For the latest closure areas visit the primary online resources of Inciweb and the Idaho Fire Information Blog.

If you'd like to plan your hunt, however, we hope the maps below are useful.

These closure are available in higher detail to plan your hunt or outdoor excursions on the Idaho Hunt Planner Map Center.

To add layers of information to the advanced map, click on it and go to the upper left corner and click on the "Turn Layers/On Off" menu. Check the boxes of the layers you want to add. Use the scroll bar on the right and scroll down to find "Wildfire & Closure Related Layers."
fire-map-closures-in-Idaho-2015

Hunters and anglers: Here are the current Forest Service fire closure areas (As of 9/11/2015 07:30am MT). This a basic map graphic that we will periodically update. It's intended to give people an easy way to see if their hunting or fishing areas are blocked by fires or access closures. For the best available information, browse to Inciweb.

Sept. 10: Potlatch Corporation reopens lands closed during fire season

From a company press release:

Recent rainfall, higher humidity and generally lower temperatures have resulted in Potlatch removing the previously announced closure and campfire ban on its Idaho forestlands. Access is now allowed in accordance with company recreation policies.

The unprecedented closure of Potlatch land went into effect on July 14. The company reported that compliance with the closure was very high.

“We greatly appreciate the way in which the public honored our closure,” said Darin Ball, Idaho Region Manager. “It was gratifying to see our forest users play an important role in reducing risks during this fire season.”

Potlatch forestland recreational policy can be found at http://recreation.potlatchcorp.com/id/default.asp.