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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.