During February and March, Fish and Game’s fisheries managers will work with the public to shape three fishing proposals: 2018 Chinook salmon seasons, upcoming statewide fishing seasons and rules through 2021, and updating Idaho’s long-term fisheries management plan.
Chinook salmon seasons are set annually, so fish managers are collecting public comments to help them form rules for the spring season.
The statewide fishing rules are set on a three-year cycle with the current ones expiring Dec. 31. In November, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will adopt regulations that will be in effect until 2021.
Public input is also needed to update the statewide Fisheries Management Plan, which lasts from 2019 to 2024. It helps guide fisheries managers to set program priorities and also establish sport fishing and conservation goals.
Here are links to the current Fishing Regulations and the 358-page Fisheries Management Plan.
Fish and Game will host meetings to share information and get comments from anglers and other interested people. You can also provide comments directly to regional fish managers (contacts listed below) or through this Public Comment Form.
Comments from public feedback will help fisheries staff develop proposed changes, which will also go through another round of public review before the Fish and Game commission adopts new rules in November.
Regional meeting schedule
Feb. 13: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pocatello, IDFG Southeast Region Office, 1345 Barton Road.
Feb. 20: 7 p.m., Ashton, Henrys Fork Foundation Community Campus, 801 Main Street.
Feb: 21: 7 p.m., Driggs, County Courthouse, 150 Courthouse Drive.
Feb. 23: 7 p.m., Idaho Falls, IDFG Upper Snake Regional Office , 4279 Commerce Circle.
March 5: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Salmon, IDFG Salmon Regional Office, 99 Hwy 93 North.
March 6: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Challis, Challis Community Event Center, 411 Clinic Road.
2018-2019 upland game seasons, rules available
The new 2018-2019 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules are available at idfg.idaho.gov/rules/upland.
The booklets include several changes for hunting turkeys, rabbits and trapping. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the changes in mid-January, after a year-long process seeking public input on proposed changes.
Printed copies of the rules booklets will be available mid-February at all regional offices and most license vendors.
The new rule booklets include updated price information for 2018 licenses, tags and permits, which went into effect Jan. 1.