Upper Snake

Be Careful Ice Fishing - January 2016

I recently observed pictures on social media of anglers ice fishing on Lake Lowell near Nampa. Anglers and other recreationists going out on the ice on lower elevation lakes, reservoirs and ponds need to be very careful and be prepared with safety equipment. Have 20'+ of rope, never go alone and maintain distance between yourself and other anglers. If someone falls through the ice - don't rush to the hole. Remain calm and assess your situation before moving. Before attempting a rescue - call for assistance. Spread your weight out on the ice by laying down or rolling to the bank or a safe distance from the hole.  Use a long stick, ladder or rope to assist anyone who's fallen through the ice to get back on top. If you've fallen through the ice, put both arms on the ice and kick like you are swimming. It is much easier to get back on the ice by kicking and pulling yourself forward with the help from a buddy holding a long stick or rope.

As temperatures start to warm, the edges of the ice can become unsafe. Pay attention to your surrounds because conditions can change rapidly.

Learn more about ice fishing in Idaho.

All smiles

Beautiful day in November! Decided to take a break from duck hunting to take my princess fishing. Great choice!

Dedicated Fishing Access Builders

Idaho Fish and Game staff are putting the finishing touches on improvements at Beaver Dick Park in eastern Idaho. Enhancements include replacement of the boat ramp, a new vault toilet, new docks and ADA improvements.

Our Engineering and construction crews work in all weather conditions to make sure access improvements are done as efficiently as possible. This service not only benefits anglers - but other outdoor recreationists, as well. If you enjoy recreating on lakes and rivers in Idaho and don't buy a hunting or fishing license - thank sportsmen and women across the state for giving you these facilities.

Sierra's first elk!!!!! so proud of my girl only twelve and already loves to hunt so awsome......

I took my daughter deer hunting in 2014 which she shot a great buck...on the passport program. (I applaud fish and game for this program it is wonderful to get kids started.) Sierra then took hunters education and told me she wanted to hunt a bull elk. I put her in for the draw and as luck would have it she drew. We spent about two weeks scouting and then afte the season opened she was successful on a great bull elk...so proud.

Video: Parachuting Beaver Short Found from 1950's

It wasn't exactly an unreleased Beatles tune or a missing Monet, but the much-talked-about film featuring parachuting beavers was recently rediscovered in Fish and Game's archives. The 1950s film "Fur for the Future" produced by the department highlighted Fish and Game's efforts to transplant muskrats, marten and beavers, which included parachuting beavers into the back-country.

Working with the Idaho Historical Society, we were able to find the film which was found in a mislabeled box.

The story about the missing film of parachuting beavers rippled through the Internet last year, and reached as far as a Swiss magazine article.

And, well, when you've got film with parachuting beavers, you've got a story, and here it is.

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

fire closure map 9/25

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.