Idaho Fish and Game is fired up about increasing elk populations in its Lolo Elk Zone in the headwaters of the Clearwater River. Through a cooperative effort with Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the two agencies and RMEF are proposing controlled forest fires known as “prescribed-fire treatments” to improve habitat for elk and other wildlife.
Idaho’s fall hunting season is likely to be outstanding. Coming on the heels of an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk, hunting this fall should be similar to last year.
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Forest managers at the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are proposing a new recreation fee associated with the Wild and Scenic portion of the Snake River.
Chinook fisheries are still open upstream of Orofino Bridge (seven days a week) and in River Section 1 (four days a week).
Timber traffic picks up
Timber staff on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests reported there are currently many active timber sales and to expect heavy haul traffic while traveling on the Salmon River Ranger District.
Summer is almost here and a lot of folks have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny days by spending a day fishing out on the lake. Dworshak Reservoir is one of the most popular fisheries in the Clearwater Region and anglers have been busy chasing “bluebacks,” “smallies,” or whatever else may bite. Here’s the lowdown on the kokanee this year and how the fishery is shaping up.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests and various partners are hosting three free kids’ fishing day events this year, at Wilkins’ Pond, Karolyn’s Pond and Fenn Pond this Saturday, June 11. The events are free to all kids up to age 12 and an adult must accompany participants. There will be lots of fun and even a few prizes so grab your pole and please bring your own tackle. The ponds will be stocked by Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.
Paul R. Cortez faced justice Monday in District Court.
Thanks to a good return of hatchery summer chinook to the Clearwater River, anglers will get a bonus fishing season starting June 10 with a special rule that allows the harvest of chinook with an intact adipose fin. This rule change only applies to the Clearwater summer chinook season.
In his weekly fishing update, Clearwater Region fish manager Joe DuPont noted the end of the chinook salmon fishing season is nigh on two local rivers: the Lower Salmon and the Snake.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are ready for visitors this long Memorial Day Weekend.
It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.
Idaho State Field Archery Tourney set; ‘Hill of It’ bike ride scheduled for June 4; Softball clinic slated; Grangeville girls b-ball camp coming up; SRHS girls sports camps set for June; Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers; Still time to enter Super Hunt drawing.
Track & Field; Rodeo; Trapshooting results.