Panhandle

Update: Changing Fire Restrictions in Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests

Due to recent rain, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests downgraded from Stage II to Stage I fire restrictions.

Much of northern Idaho remains on Stage II fire restrictions, however. This means there are restrictions for any sparks or generating flammable materials. Further stage definitions and details can be found at http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group does not report any new fires in Idaho. We appreciate everyone's diligence and doing their part to avoid causing fires and following the rules.

 

Exciting first hunt...Spot and stalk less than 50 yards..

This is about Kathy Vogt and her first time hunting....Our first spring in Idaho, coming from Illinois, so much new and untamed..... we had bears in the area all spring, 14 different bears on our trail cams in just 2 weeks. Because there were so many bears we decided to buy a license in case we were ever given the opportunity.This particular morning we went for a walk on the back side of our property and because we had seen so many bears we decided to make a hunt of it in case we ran into a bear along the way, like we had just a few days before.

Driving over dry grass known to cause fires

As you're out fishing or scouting for hunting this fall, keep in mind the danger of fire. The Idaho Interagency Fire group wants to remind you about the fire hazards of driving through dry grass. 

Learn what you can do to prevent fires and watch an instructive video at: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/2015/07/dry-grass-ripe-for-fire-motori...

 

Stage II Fire Restrictions for most of North Idaho, Central Idaho in effect

It's dry out there!


Learn more at: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/2015/07/stage-ii-fire-restrictions-imp...

This restriction applies to all State, BLM, and U.S. Forest Service managed lands within the Coeur d'Alene Restriction Area - All Zones;Grangeville Restriction Area - Zone 1 and 2; and Payette Fire Restriction Area - Zone 4.

 

Noxious weeds: a serious habitat threat

I've heard a lot about pesky weeds in Idaho over the years. However, I was surprised to read the statistics in a recent Post Register article picked up by the Spokesman-Review.

Many of Idaho's wildlife management plans have sections dedicated to weeds as a habitat threat. I know that I'll be looking for additional information so that I'm personally not inadvertently spreading noxious weeds. I'll start with Idaho Department of Agriculture's Noxious Weed Program.

Chinook Fishing Results - May 24, 2015

IDFG Chinook salmon Harvest and Effort Report for May 18 to May 24, 2015.

   
                 

Clearwater River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Railroad Bridge to Cherrylane Bridge

Closed to salmon fishing on May 17

Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge

648

36

684

5,133

7.5

82

Closed to salmon fishing on May 22

North Fork Clearwater River

586

3

589

2,919

5.0

77

 

Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge

157

10

167

2,489

14.9

37

 

Middle Fork Clearwater River

292

2

294

2,649

9.0

90

 

South Fork Clearwater River

249

0

249

3,207

12.9

16

 

Lochsa River

0

0

0

33

NA

0

 

Clearwater River drainage weekly total

1,932

51

1,983

16,430

8.3

302

 

Clearwater River drainage SEASON TOTAL

5,164

58

5,222

76,479

14.6

1,130

 

               

 

Salmon River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Rice Creek Bridge to Hammer Creek Boat Ramp

208

25

233

3,664

15.7

39

 

Hammer Creek Boat Ramp to Time Zone Bridge

579

6

585

10,069

17.2

79

 

Time Zone Bridge to Short's Creek

834

15

849

8,834

10.4

44

 

Short's Creek to Vinegar Creek

47

0

47

1,111

23.6

0

 

Little Salmon River--Mouth to lower Pollock bridge

1,085

3

1,088

16,444

15.1

33

 

Little Salmon River--Upstream of lower Pollock bridge

0

0

0

0

NA

0

No catch or effort was observed

Salmon River drainage weekly total

2,753

49

2,802

40,122

14.3

195

 

Salmon River drainage SEASON TOTAL

4,605

59

4,664

67,793

9" beard

Called him in to 30 yards. Gillie suit did its job and I was able to draw and shoot without spooking him.