Upper Snake

Bigger Fish and Better Angler Success

As Fish and Game stocks rainbow trout this spring, they are doing something different that will lead to better success for Idaho anglers. A good share of the hatchery rainbow trout stocked in Idaho’s largest still-water fisheries this spring will be twelve inches instead of the standard of ten inches. Watch this video to learn why this is happening.

Fish and Game’s rainbow trout hatchery program exists for one sole purpose: putting fish in Idaho waters for anglers to catch. But during the last ten years, the cost of raising fish has skyrocketed. While the cost of fish food has increased by more than 150 percent, funding for the hatchery program has remained stagnant. In 2011, managers reduced fish production of put-and-take rainbow trout by 18 percent to keep the program within budget. At the same time they started tracking fish that anglers caught as part of a program called “Tag-You’re-It”.

Fisheries researchers tagged thousands of fish over a four year period, and tracked the tags with the help from anglers.

“We tagged a bunch of fish and put those fish out there, and essentially let the anglers do the work in returning that information to us through our hotline and our website,” said Senior Fisheries Research Biologist John Cassinelli. “So that has given us this large database.”

That database showed that twelve inch rainbow trout are more likely to be caught than ten inch trout. This knowledge has allowed researchers to reorganize the hatchery rainbow trout program in a way that puts larger trout in the creels of Idaho anglers without increasing the cost of the hatchery program.

The science and math show that for every limit of six rainbow trout anglers catch, Fish and Game must stock roughly 18 ten inch trout.  When 12 inch trout are stocked in the same waters, only 11 fish are needed for each six fish limit, on average.

Regardless of how many trout managers stock, the true measure of success for the hatchery program is how many trout anglers catch. As the program expands over the next 16 months, managers will be putting more twelve inch rainbows into most of Idaho’s large still-water fisheries. 

Check out the fish stocking page for monthly updates on fish stocking region by region.

 

 

2014 Hunt Harvest and Drawing Odds

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Hunt Number Hunt Area Permits Available 1st Choice Applications 1st Choice Success Percent Drawing Permits Issued Number Hunters Moose Harvested Harvest Success
1001 1* 60 595 60 10.1 63 62 31 50
1002 11 74 627 74 11.8 75 75 57 76
1003 11 35 477 35 7.3 35 34 25 75
1004 11A 63 419 63 15 62 61 45 74
1005 13 200 246 185 75.2 201 196 124 63
1006 14 180 429 180 42 183 174 115 66
1007 18 120 499 120 24 120 115 79 68
1008 19A 10 115 10 8.7 10 9 9 100
1009 20A Unlimited 35 35 100 91 77 51 66
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Pocatello Wellness Pond - A New Fishing Hole/Recreational Area Opening September 2015

Pocatello will receive a new urban fishing water this coming fall with the opening of the Portneuf Wellness Complex. The 7-acre pond will be stocked with fish and ready for anglers when the park opens to the public.

Last week, our staff were busy placing docks and working on other access improvements.

To see more of this exciting project, go to Facebook and search "Portneuf Wellness Complex. This will be a jewel for all Southeastern Idaho.

Public Meetings for 2015 Big Game Seasons

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Idaho Fish and Game plans several public meetings around the state to discuss 2015 proposed big game seasons and rules.

Interested individuals can visit with department personnel concerning the proposed seasons and provide comments by attending any of the meetings listed below.


Panhandle Region 1 – open house meeting held from 4 to 7 pm:

  • Monday, March 2, Panhandle Regional Office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’ Alene.

Clearwater Region 2 – all meeting will be held from 5 to 7 pm:

  • Monday, February 23, Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, 108 N. State St.
  • Tuesday, February 24, Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 1021 Harold St. Moscow.
  • Wednesday, February 25, Fish and Game Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Dr.
  • Thursday, February 26, Clearwater Regional Office, 3316 16th St., Lewiston.

Southwest Region 3 – all meetings will be held 5 to 7 pm:

  • Tuesday, February 24, Fish and Game McCall Office, 555 Deinhard Lane
  • Wednesday, February 25, Council American Legion Hall, Highway 95.
  • Thursday, February 26, Southwest Region Fish and Game Office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa

Biologists will also be available for discus the proposals and collect public comments at the 2015 Idaho Sportsman Show, March 5-8, at Expo Idaho, 5610 N Glenwood St., Boise.


Magic Valley Region 4 – all meetings will begin at 7 pm:

  • Tuesday, February 24, Hailey Community Campus, Rooms 301 & 302, 1050 Fox Acres Rd., Hailey
  • Wednesday, February 25, Burley Inn Minidoka Room #2, 800 N. Overland, Burley
  • Thursday, February 26, Magic Valley Regional Office, 324 S. 417 E., Highway Business Park, 2.5 miles north of the Flying J, Jerome

Southeast Region 5 - all meetings will begin at 6:30 pm:

  • Monday, February 23, Malad, Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main Street
  • Tuesday, February 24, Soda Springs, Senior Citizens Center, 60 South Main Street
  • Wednesday, February 25, Montpelier, Bear Lake Senior Citizens Center, 115 S. 4th
  • Thursday, February 26, Preston, Larsen-Sant Public Library, 109 S. 1st East
  • Monday, March 2, Blackfoot, City Hall Council Chambers, 157 North Broadway
  • Tuesday, March 3, Pocatello, Southeast Region Fish and Game Office, 1345 Barton Road

Upper Snake Region 6 – all meetings will begin at 7 pm:

  • Monday, February 23, Upper Snake Fish and Game Office, 4279 Commerce Circle
  • Monday, March 2, Madison Middle School, 575 West 7th South in Rexburg

Salmon Region 7 – all meetings will be held from 5 to 8 pm:

  • Wednesday, February 25, Salmon Fish and Game Office, 99 Hwy 93 North, Salmon
  • Thursday, February 26, Challis Community Event Center, Board Room, Clinic Rd, Challis

In addition, 2 web-chats are scheduled on Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. These will be attended by biologists from across the state to answer questions.

Comments taken at the meetings and online will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the March 23-24 meeting in Boise, when big game seasons are set.