August is prime mountain lake fishing season. If you're fishing mountain lakes that contain many brook trout, don't be surprised to see an occasional lunker northern pike. We have an on-going evaluation on the effectiveness of predatory sterile northern pike on reducing stunted/over-populated brook trout in Idaho's mountain lakes. These fish are "eating" machines that will consume many times their weight in fish.
If you observe or catch a northern pike, please release it back into the lake so it can continue making fishing better.
After nearly a 4 week run, we're projecting we will meet our 780 fish harvest allotment on the upper Salmon River Chinook salmon fishery. The season will close on Saturday, July 19th.
When compared to recent Upper Salmon River Chinook salmon fishing seasons, this has been one of the longer periods the river has been open to Chinook harvest. Hopefully, we can offer the same opportunity or more in 2015.
Chinook anglers on the upper Salmon River had mixed results this past week depending on where they decided to fish. Anglers downstream of the Pahsimeroi River, in location codes 16 and 17, were working hard to find the fish and averaged 202 hours per Chinook caught. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi, in location codes 18 and 19, anglers did much better and averaged 13 hours per Chinook caught. At this point in the season, an estimated 23 hatchery adult Chinook have been harvested downstream of Pahsimeroi and 123 hatchery adult Chinook have been harvested upstream. For more details go to the Chinook Harvest Report.
The Salmon River near the town of Salmon was on the rise most of the week, but it did begin to drop again Sunday morning. As of today, it is back down to approximately 3,000 cfs and the visibility is good. As of June 27th, 150 adult Chinook have returned back to the Pahsimeroi hatchery and as of June 30th, 157 adult Chinook have returned to the Sawtooth hatchery. - Brent Beller. Salmon Region Fisheries Technician
Fished Riggins - On 6/10-6/11 caught 4 fish and kept 2. Combat fishing at its greatest. But so much fun. The fish are so beautiful and I never have seen fat on Idaho Chinook like there are right now. Best tasting salmon I have ever had. Thanks to all that have made this possible. We need to all appreciate what we have and do whatever is necessary to make this possible for generations to come. - Jeff
I was in Riggins 6/9 - 11. Observed many fishing being caught. As this gentleman stated, this is social fishing. Please be courteous and respect your fellow anglers. - dparrish
If you want to do something fun for a Father's Day gift - take dad fishing! Better yet, give him an early gift and take him fishing on Saturday June 14th and he can fish without a license.
Visit our Fish Planner website for all the details on where to go and the type of gear you will need.
The Fish Planner can be found at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingPlanner/
Kokanee fishing is picking up on Ririe Reservoir. Boats trolling pop gear at 20 feet deep are getting into the fish pretty regularly. - Dan G.
Real anglers take pride in the fact they fish. Check out the stickers on this pickup I recently saw in Boise.
Your chance to weigh in or ask questions about Fish and Game's plan for wolverine conservation and protection is coming up.
Biologists will be available during a live web chat on Tuesday, June 3rd from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. MDT.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released a draft Wolverine Conservation Plan for a 21-day public review and comment period through June 9th 2014. The web chat is designed to better inform anyone interested in wolverines, or the plan.
The wolverine is an icon of Idaho's high country and one of the Gem State's rarest mammals. About the size of a small bear cub, wolverines are members of the weasel family, which also includes mink, otter, and marten. In the southern extent of their North American range, wolverines occupy high-elevation alpine and subalpine habitats characterized by spring snow cover and cool summer temperatures.
The plan was developed to proactively lead state efforts to conserve and protect wolverine populations and the habitats they rely on to ensure their long-term viability in Idaho. The plan includes statewide wolverine status and distribution, factors affecting population and habitat, priority areas for conservation, and supporting actions to benefit wolverines in Idaho.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the plan or about wolverines in general can do so during the live chat on June 3rd from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. MDT, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT. The draft plan will be considered for adoption by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the July 10 meeting in Salmon.
Secrets of Idaho's beauty are becoming more rare as the state cracked a world-wide list of lesser-known or emerging travel spots. Idaho was listed 4 of 10, and is included with places like Mongolia, Malawi, Bolivia, and even outer space.
Get your fishing license early to beat the rush and enjoy our wonderful Idaho.