Colder weather moved in this past weekend on the upper Salmon River, and angler effort dropped off significantly as a result. The catch rates though remained similar to the previous weekend. Anglers in location code 14 - downstream of the Middle Fork - averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught and 37 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers in location code 15 also averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught and 18 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork, in location code 16, anglers averaged 28 hours per steelhead caught and 33 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 17, between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers, anglers averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 13 hours per steelhead kept. Click here for more details. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
Fishing Idaho: A Live Chat with Fish and Game
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.