IDFG Setting Salmon Seasons, May Expand Big Game Ops In Many Units

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRESS RELEASES FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME

Salmon Migration Begins – Commission to set Spring Seasons

As the first spring Chinook salmon move into the Columbia Basin, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission is preparing to set seasons and limits for Idaho anglers.

Fisheries managers are expecting spring Chinook returns to be average or slightly above average, depending on the river.  Meanwhile, early season projections suggest the return of summer Chinook to the South Fork Salmon River will be the second best in ten years and the return of wild spring Chinook could be above average.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON CHINOOK HOUND GARRETT GRUBBS TRAVELED TO IDAHO'S CLEARWATER RIVER TO FISH FOR SPRING CHINOOK IN 2010. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

CENTRAL WASHINGTON CHINOOK HOUND GARRETT GRUBBS TRAVELED TO IDAHO’S CLEARWATER RIVER TO FISH FOR SPRING CHINOOK IN 2010. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

Biologists estimate more than 30,000 hatchery origin spring Chinook will return to the lower Salmon River, Little Salmon River, Clearwater River and Snake River at Hells Canyon. Managers will propose seasons and limits based on a projected sport harvest of approximately 11,700 adipose clipped spring Chinook salmon. These numbers are very similar to those experienced during the spring 2014 Chinook salmon run.

The Commission will hear public comments on these and other issues on Monday March 23 in the main auditorium at the Washington Group Plaza at 720 East Park Boulevard in Boise. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to address the Commission on these proposals and any other Fish and Game related issues is urged to attend.

The Commission is expected to take action on these proposals during a meeting on Tuesday March 24 in the Trophy Room at Fish and Game Headquarters at 600 South Walnut in Boise. That meeting begins at 8:00 a.m.

To view the agenda and the 2015 Commission meeting schedule, go to:   http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/?getPage=184.

Commission to Consider Expanded Big Game Hunting Opportunity

In a scheduled meeting in Boise on Tuesday March 24, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider proposals for the 2015 big game hunting season. The proposals will include expanded opportunity for big game hunting in many units throughout the state. Much of the additional opportunity will be available to deer hunters, as another mild winter has kept populations high.

The Commission will also consider a series of proposals regarding elk hunts, many of which address depredation concerns. The proposals also include some very specific changes in relatively isolated areas to enhance certain hunts for other big game species, and to achieve population objectives for various species.

The Commission will hear public comments on these and other issues on Monday March 23 in the main auditorium at the Washington Group Plaza at 720 East Park Boulevard in Boise. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to address the Commission on these proposals and any other Fish and Game related issues is urged to attend.

The Commission is expected to take action on these proposals during a meeting on Tuesday March 24 in the Trophy Room at Fish and Game Headquarters at 600 South Walnut in Boise. That meeting begins at 8:00 a.m.

To view the agenda and the 2015 Commission meeting schedule, go to:   http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/?getPage=184.

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