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It’s happening again – a salvage order lifting all bag, possession and size limits on a specified water to allow people to catch all the fish there before they die, due to drought and poor runoff. This time, it’s for the Big Wood River below the Richfield Canal headgate, and the Richfield Canal itself. Starting July 1 – Monday – anyone with a valid Idaho fishing license will be allowed to catch as many fish as they want there. Idaho Fish & Game says, “Fish may be taken by any method except firearms, explosives, chemicals or electric current.”
The salvage order covers the Big Wood River downstream from the Richfield Canal Diversion, the Richfield Canal downstream to the Gooding County line and the Richfield and Lincoln Canal systems. The Magic Reservoir Dam was shut off June 27, Fish & Game reports, as demand for irrigation water exceeded the reservoir capacity, leading to the falling water levels in the river and canals.
The Idaho Department of Fish & Game today issued a “salvage order” for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County, lifting all bag, possession and size limits. That’s because the reservoir is headed for a draining by early summer for irrigation, and Fish & Game “would like the public to use as many of the fish as possible.” Fish may be taken, F&G announced, “by any method except firearms, explosives, chemicals or electric current.”
The order takes effect on Tuesday, May 7, and runs through Sept. 30. F&G cautioned anglers that regular limits remain in place elsewhere, including possession limits. So if someone caught 20 trout at Little Camas, which historically has been known for its trout fishery, and then moved elsewhere to do more fishing and brought the 20 fish along, they’d be in violation of the possession limit at the new fishing spot. Another thing to note: Fishing licenses still are required.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is bringing its anti-fishing campaign to Boise today, with a noon protest scheduled outside a bait and tackle shop on Vista Avenue, Idaho Angler, to press the group's current campaign that fishing is cruel. “Parents should get their kids hooked on compassion, not on maiming and killing fish,” said PETA's Virginia Fort in an announcement of the Boise protest. The group contends that “fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience stress and pain when they are cruelly hooked or hauled up from the deep in commercial nets.”
Idaho is known for its fishing, which has a long history and culture in the state; hundreds of thousands of Idahoans hold fishing licenses, according to Idaho Department of Fish & Game records, and more than 100,000 out-of-staters purchased short- or long-term Idaho fishing licenses in 2010.