Posts tagged: Idaho fish and game
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Sharon Kiefer, Idaho Fish and Game Department deputy director, is the speaker for the monthly Sportsmen's Breakfast on Tuesday (Nov. 19), 6:30 a.m. at Lake City Senior Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Dr. in
Breakfast can be purchased for $7.50, which includes tax and gratuity.
Info: Idaho Fish and Game Department Panhandle Region office, (208) 769-1414.
WILDLIFE — Idaho Fish and Game biologists will present a proposed 10-year elk management plan for approval at the Fish and Game Commission meeting Monday, Aug.19, at the Upper Snake Region office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.
If approved, Fish and Game will release the proposed plan or a 30-day public review and comment period.
A live, online chat would be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT, Aug. 29, to discuss and answer questions about the plan.
Also on the agenda is a proposed 2013-2014 waterfowl season of 105 days and a two-day youth hunt, along with some changes in goose seasons and limits.
The proposed seasons would separate Canada geese and white-fronted geese seasons with two options to accommodate white-fronted goose hunting opportunities for the 2013-2014 season in the southwest part of the state.
Commissioners also will consider a proposed sage-grouse season, with the opening day on September 21. The seven-day sage-grouse season would run through September 27, with a one bird daily bag limit and a two-bird possession limit.
Other agenda items include approval of the fiscal 2015 budget request.
No public hearing will be held during this one-day meeting.
PREDATORS — Programs to control wolves and ravens were funded by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday.
The commission approved animal damage control funds with $50,000 going to control wolves in elk management zones at or below objective.
The panel also designted $12,000 to a Fish and Game raven control project for specified areas as part of an overall effort to keep sage grouse off the endangerd species list. Ravens can zero in on the eggs and chicks of the prairie grouse in some cases.
Commissioners set nonresident tag quotas and outfitter nonresident set-aside quotas. They set nonresident quotas of 12,815 elk tags, 14,000 regular deer tags, 1,500 white-tailed deer tags; and nonresident deer and elk tag outfitters set-asides of 1,985 deer tags and 2,400 elk tags.
Wildlife officials presented briefings on possible sage-grouse and waterfowl seasons. Final season recommendations for both will be made to the commission in August.
A possible sage-grouse season would include a restricted season of seven days with a one-bird limit in the southern part of the Big Desert.
Eastern Owyhee and Twin Falls counties, the east Idaho uplands area, Elmore County and the west central part of the state would be closed.
The rest of the sage-grouse range in Idaho would be open under a restrictive season of seven days with a one-bird limit.
As for waterfowl, early indications suggest a liberal 107-day season with a seven-bird limit for ducks and a four-bird limit on geese.
The commissioners also heard an update on Fish and Game’s elk management plan revision progress. They were told to expect a draft of the new plan within about two weeks.
BOATING — An updated Idaho Fishing and Boating Access Guide with a list of access sites on lakes and streams is available at state Fish and Game Department offices, including the Panhandle Region headquarters, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d'Alene.
The guide includes regional maps of fishing and boating access sites.
Access locations managed by Fish and Game also are presented in an alphabetical list that includes available amenities and special access features, such as boat ramps, docks, restrooms, camping and ADA fishing access.
The guide also is available online in Idaho Fish and Game's interactive Fishing Planner. This includes the added feature of being able to toggle to satellite imagery of the maps. You can zoom in on a photo of a site and see it in amazing sharpness and detail.
Registration is closed for the August Panhandle Women's Outdoors Clinic as all slots are filled.
But Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say they're already starting a contact list for women who want to be notified when registration opens for next summer's clinic involving shooting, fishing, camping, survival and other outdoors skills.
Don't be left out. Contact Idaho Department of Fish and Game (208) 769-1414.
FISHING — Chinook salmon fishing on the South Fork Salmon River will open July 5 under a season adopted this morning by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
Fishing will be open only Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until further notice. Managers anticipate a shorter fishery on the South Fork because fewer fish are returning to Idaho than in recent years.
The South Fork will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the South Fork Salmon River main stem just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 35 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.
Fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
The daily bag limit will be four Chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults; the possession limit is 12 Chinook salmon, only six of which may be adults.
Adult Chinook salmon are 24 or more inches in length, and jacks are less than 24 inches in length. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.
The season-statewide limit is 10 adult Chinook salmon during salmon seasons occurring before September 1, 2013.
FISHING — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today voted to reopen the Little Salmon River to fishing for Chinook salmon effective Friday, June 7.
FISHING — The Idaho Fish and Game Department is asking anglers to comment on a draft management plan for maintaining and restoring native westslope cutthroat trout — a prized fishery linked to pure forest watersheds.
These fish, characterized by spotting and distinctive red coloring near its gills, still occupy about 80 percent of historical range in Idaho. That includes streams like the Moyie River and Kootenai River in northern Idaho, and, of course, the prime headwaters of the Spokane River system — the Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe Rivers.
Westslope cutthroats still occupy roughly 80 percent of their historical range in Idaho, but fish managers seek to avoid petitions to list them as threatened.
This draft plan is good reading. It discusses the population status of westslope cutthroat trout in major watershed groupings and the conservation actions the Department intends to pursue to protect and enhance populations and habitat across the species range in Idaho.
Comment on the plan by July 26, 2013.
FISHING — Here's the latest news for Idaho spring chinook anglers regarding the status of the season — just received via email from Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game regional fisheries manager in Lewiston:
The majority of anglers have repeatedly told us that the most important thing to them regarding the Chinook season is to extend the season as long as possible. For this reason, we have decided to make some rules changes to the Chinook salmon rules on the Salmon River.
Starting on Monday morning (June 3, 2013), between the Time Zone Bridge and Shorts Creek (Park Hole Area), no harvest of adults will be allowed. You will still be allowed to harvest up to 4 Jacks (< 24 inches) daily in this reach of river.
The area that will be closed to the harvest of adults includes the entire reach of the Salmon River from Time Zone Bridge to the posted sign at Shorts Creek. This reach includes popular holes such as Race Creek, the Park Hole, the Post Office Hole, the Confluence, the Mill Hole, Shorts Creek and anything in between.
Our hopes are that with these new rules we can extend the season for at least 2 more weekends. Only time will tell just how long the season lasts.
I know for some of you who like to fish the Park Hole area, you may not be happy with these changes. Recognize, however, that with these rules it may provide a unique experience where you can fish in less crowded conditions in an area with high catch rates, and if you eventually want to catch an adult there are other areas you can go to fish.
It is important to realize that if you catch one adult in another reach of river where adult harvest is allowed, you cannot have this fish in close possession and fish the Park Hole. In other words, if you catch 1 adult (remember if you catch 2 adults you are done fishing for the day) and you want to fish the Park Hole do not bring that fish near the Park Hole where one could assume you caught it there. Drop if off at camp, at your home, or someplace away from where you are fishing.
The rules in all other areas in the Clearwater Region have not changed through this weekend.
“There is no season limit on jacks,” he said.
FISHING — Anglers had very good success rates for spring chinook in Idaho waters upstream from Lewiston last week with catch rates below 10/hrs a fish in the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers.
Check out the following detailed Clearwater Region salmon update for the week of May 20-27, by Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game's regional fisheries manager in Lewiston:
First, the majority of Chinook destined for release sites in the Clearwater Region appear to have mostly passed over Lower Granite Dam. Some Chinook are stuck behind a couple of the dams. Once these fish figure their way out, Idaho's harvest shares should go up some, but not a lot. We are estimating that our harvest share for the Clearwater River will end up around 600 fish.
Clearwater River drainage (only the harvest of Jacks are allowed): The most Jacks were harvested in the Clearwater River near Dworshak Hatchery although the best catch rates (3 hrs/fish) occurred near Kooskia Hatchery in the Middle Fork Clearwater River (a lot of adults were caught and released there). We are very close to our harvest share of adults in the Clearwater River. We still have some harvest share remaining so the fishery will remain open with the same rules this coming weekend as we had last week. (Open Friday – Monday; Jacks only; Jack limit 4; same areas open to fishing). Harvest this coming weekend and how much the harvest share changes will dictate how long the season will remain open.
Salmon River area fishing was very good as well last week. Early in the week most fish were being harvested downstream of Time Zone Bridge; however, by the weekend fishing picked up considerably in Park Hole (between Time Zone Bridge and Shorts Creek). People are now reporting that fishing is good in both the Park Hole and Little Salmon River. With good flow conditions and a bunch of adults reaching the Riggins area, I expect fishing to be excellent this week. It would not be unexpected if over 1,000 adults were harvested this week. The only thing I could see that would slow down the fishery is if it rained like crazy and muddied up the river.
Now is the time to fish the Rapid River run. Due to the expected high harvest, we are currently having discussions on how to prolong this fishery and make sure we don’t go over our harvest share in the future.
Hells Canyon fishery was also very good with catch rates running at 7 hrs/fish. Our anticipated harvest share for this fishery is 336 fish, and last week we estimated we harvested 132 adults bringing the total adult harvest to 183 fish. I expect another good week of fishing at Hells Canyon Dam.
FISHING — Here's an update to with more and clearer details regarding my earlier post on Idaho's decision to close fishing for adult spring chinook salmon in the Clearwater River. This was just released from Idaho Fish and Game's Lewiston office.
Tuesday, May 21, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed the lower Clearwater River from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge in Lewiston to the Cherrylane Bridge to all salmon fishing. The other sections of the Clearwater previously open to salmon fishing will remain open for harvest of jack salmon four days per week, Friday through Monday.
Sections of the Clearwater River basin that remain open to jacks-only harvest include:
- The mainstem Clearwater: From Lenore Bridge to Greer Bridge
- The North Fork Clearwater River: From the mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam excluding the perimeter of the Dworshak National Hatchery at Ahsahka. Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited.
- The Middle Fork Clearwater: From the mouth of the South Fork Clearwater River upstream to the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers.
- The South Fork Clearwater: From its mouth upstream to the confluence of the American and Red rivers.
Anglers are not be allowed to retain adult Chinook salmon anywhere in the Clearwater basin, but can continue to retain four adipose fin-clipped salmon less than 24 inches total length (jacks), per day. Jack salmon count against the daily limit but need not be recorded on the salmon permit. There is no season limit for jacks.
Jacks are salmon that return after one year in the ocean. They are relatively abundant this year, are not necessary in the brood stock and are all available for harvest. Managers estimate that over 2000 jacks returning to hatcheries in the Clearwater River will be available for harvest by sport anglers.
Fishery managers had consistently predicted that a relatively small number of adult hatchery Chinook salmon would return to the Clearwater River in 2013 and that over 50 percent would be needed to fill the hatchery brood stock quota. With the support of the public, managers structured a conservative fishery framework that allowed fishing four days per week with a daily limit of one adult Chinook salmon per day. The hatchery fish available for harvest are shared with Tribal fishers, resulting in less than 25 percent of the hatchery adults available for the sport fishery. Excellent fishing conditions and a pulse of fish moving through the lower Clearwater River resulted in the sport fishery achieving the harvest objective more quickly than expected.
Salmon fisheries on the Snake, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers remain unchanged at this time.
WILDLIFE — Idaho Fish and Game Department regional habitat biologists will discuss southern Panhandle wildlife management areas at the monthly informal Coeur d'Alene Sportsmen's Breakfast, 6:30 a.m., Tuesday (May 21) at Lake City Senior Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Dr.
FISHING – Setting a summer chinook salmon fishing season is on agenda for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting May 15 and 16 in Coeur d’Alene.
A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 15. This session is open for comment on any Fish and Game Department related topic.
Although the full agenda has not been set, routine agenda items for the May 16 session include consideration of the fiscal 2015 budget direction, election of commission chairman and vice-chairman, and a briefing on nonbiological rules for game animals.
HUNTING — The Idaho Fish and Game Department will take applications for moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep controlled hunts starting today through April 30.
Applications for elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and fall black bear controlled hunts are accepted from May 1 through June 5.
WILDLIFE — Idaho will allow up to two peregrine falcons a year to be taken from the wild by selected falconers under rules adopted by the state Fish and Game Commission Tuesday.
Rules allow the take of nestling or juvenile wild peregrine falcons during open seasons from 2013 through 2015. The capture season runs May 1-Aug. 31.
Read on for more details and history.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider proposed changes to seasons on deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, lion and gray wolf during a meeting Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19 in Boise.
A public comment period begins at 7 p.m.
Routine agenda items include a legislative update and a presentation on bighorn sheep translocation. Commissioners will consider proposed rules for capturing wild peregrine falcons for falconry.
In the afternoon, commissioners will meet with the House Resources and Conservation Committee at the Statehouse.
Later in the day, fisheries managers will provide an update on the forecast for spring and summer Chinook salmon to Idaho. They expect to return to the commission in April with recommendations for 2013 Chinook fisheries in the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake river drainages.
Other agenda items include a briefing on rules for game animals and an update on the elk management plan revision. Commissioners also will hear a presentation on how the agency monitors and determines whether predation is a limiting factor on sage-grouse and what procedures are used to direct control efforts.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — The Idaho Fish and Game Department is putting together a regional citizen advisory group to help guide the managment of game and non-game species.
The public is invited to the first meeting starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the IDFG regional office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.
Anyone interested in participating as a member of this group is encouraged to contact IDFG at (208) 769-1414 in advance of the meeting. The agency will provide a variety of pizzas and beverages.
The regional advisory groups around the state are a result of the August 2012 Idaho Wildlife Summit that attracted nearly 500 people statewide, with additional people participating via an online video stream.
The purpose of the event was to bring together wildlife enthusiasts including hunters, anglers, birders, and wildlife viewers to find common ground for moving forward in building Idaho’s remarkable wildlife legacy.
Of the summit participants:
82 percent purchased a hunting, fishing or trapping license within the past two years.
90 percent watched or photographed wildlife within the past two years.
91 percent said abundant wildlife is an important reason for living in Idaho.
FISHING — Jacks, the overly eager salmon that return from the ocean before they have grown to full size, could be the saving grace of spring chinook fishing on the Clearwater River.
This year’s return of spring chinook to the Clearwater and its tributaries is predicted to be just over the threshold needed to hold a fishing season, write's Eric Barker in the Lewiston Tribune.
Fisheries managers are expecting the state’s harvest share could be as low as 300 adults. For context, last year the state had a harvest share of about 5,000 adults on the Clearwater.
Because of the low return, biologists are proposing to start with conservative regulations and expand fishing opportunities if the run comes in as strong or stronger than forecasted.
Idaho Fish and Game fishery personnel have set up meetings to present the latest information on this year’s chinook salmon runs and discuss stratgies for managing the runs in the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers.
The meetings begin at 6 a.m. as follows:
Comments also can be emailed to Joe DuPont, fisheries manager in Lewiston, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read on for more spring chinook details and proposals from the Lewistown Tribune story.
FISHING — Idaho Fish and Game fishery personnel has set up meetings to present the latest information on this year’s chinook salmon runs and discuss stratgies for managing the runs in the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers.
The meetings begin at 6 a.m. as follows:
Comments also can be emailed to Joe DuPont, fisheries manager in Lewiston, email@example.com.
FALCONRY — For the first time in more than 40 years, up to two falconers in Idaho may once again get limited opportunity to capture and keep a wild peregrine falcon — a species federally listed as endangered from 1970-1999.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department proposes to allow the capture of two juvenile peregrines from the wild for falconry purposes in 2013 and has developed a set of draft rules for public comment through March 11.
The American peregrine falcon has continued to rebound since being delisted to the extent that in 2004 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the capture of nestling peregrines from the wild for use in falconry.
In 2008, the Fish and Wildlife Service also allowed capture of post-fledging first-year peregrines – hatch year or “passage” birds.
States have the authority to manage the capture of up to 5 percent of annual production. Based on Fish and Game surveys, the most juvenile peregrines that could be taken from the wild in Idaho in any given year would be two birds.
Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona also allow the capture of peregrine falcons.
The peregrine has been used in falconry for more than 3,000 years, beginning with nomads in central Asia. Captured wild migratory peregrines were used regularly by North American falconers from 1938 to 1970 when the species was added to the federal list of threatened and endangered wildlife and plants.
Until 2004, nearly all peregrines used for falconry in the United States were captive-bred from the offspring of birds captured before the Endangered Species Act was enacted.
The successful recovery program involved a collaboration of Boise’s Peregrine Fund along with state and federal wildlife agencies. Falconers provided the needed expertise through a technique called “hacking,” the release of a captive-bred bird from a special cage at the top of a tower or cliff ledge.