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Error in new Idaho fishing regs

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game Department officials are trying to get word out about an error in the new 2011 state fishing regulations. It affects anglers who fish the Coeur d'Alene River.

The published rule reads as follows:
Coeur d’Alene River and Tributaries (to the confluence of the North Fork and South Fork)
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of cutthroat trout.
  • No bait allowed, barbless hook required.
"Unfortunately, that's not correct," said Jim Fredericks, Panhandle Region fisheries manager.
"There are no gear restrictions in that area, and the second bullet should be stricken.  No rule changes were made with regard to that area.
"When we do the second printing in a few months, it will be corrected."
The agency plans to send out a press release to note mistakes, but it's holding off a few days in case any other mistakes are detected.
"In the meantime," Fredericks said, "please be aware there are no gear restrictions in the Coeur d’Alene River from the mouth to the South Fork."
And stay tuned.

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