Fishing

Eastern Idaho authorities on Monday searched for the body of a 38-year-old Utah man who was one of four people in a fishing boat that overturned in the Snake River.

Sgt. Jeff Edwards of the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says three of the four people made it to shore when the boat struck a partially submerged cottonwood tree at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Edwards says Steve Ryan Woods of Ogden, Utah, was last seen as the boat overturned.

Search and rescue teams searched the river Sunday evening until it became too dark.

Idaho officials have approved a coho salmon fishing season on the Clearwater River following efforts by the Nez Perce Tribe to bring salmon back after they disappeared about 30 years ago.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved the sport fishing season that starts Friday and runs through Nov. 16.

Anglers will be allowed to keep two coho salmon per day and up to 10 for the monthlong season on portions of the Mainstem and Middle Fork Clearwater River.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game is on a mission to create the next generation of anglers. One of the ways they’re doing that is by hosting free events where they teach kids the basics of fishing.

On a recent windy spring day at McDevitt Park in West Boise, a trailer with the Idaho Fish and Game logo is parked by a small manmade pond. Department employee Chelsea Lundy helps a mom and her daughter put a big fat nightcrawler on a hook, along with a marshmallow.

Idaho Fish And Game Celebrates 75 Years Of Modern Management

Apr 10, 2014
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If you've watched much cable TV recently, you may have seen this spot promoting Idaho Fish and Game's 75th anniversary.

A federal fisheries management panel has approved what some charter captains are calling the best ocean fishing season in 20 years.

Gary Lane

Every angler has a story about the one that got away. Gary Lane has been fishing in Idaho for a long time and the first story he remembers about a fish, was the one that got away. He tells the story to his friend Greg Stahl.

“My folks took us by horseback into the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area,” said Lane. “I think I might have been in the second or third grade. I caught my first salmon there, a wild salmon. That really hooked me on fishing and the whole outdoor world.”

“Was that a Chinook salmon?” asked Stahl.

“Yeah, a Chinook.”

“Were you fly fishing?”

Fishermen around the Northwest are enjoying some exceptional salmon runs this autumn. Puget Sound is teeming with pink salmon and there's a record-breaking fall Chinook run in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Ashley Ahearn / Earthfix

Fishing nets are designed to ensnare fish. But when those nets are lost or abandoned at sea, they don’t stop catching fish.  Instead, they become ghost nets – floating death traps for the marine life that continue to get trapped in their mesh. Ghost nets are a problem internationally – but there’s an international response underway.  And some of the leaders in the movement are at work in the Pacific Northwest.

Doug Monk captains the 39-foot Bet Sea out into the waters of Puget Sound, just south of the Canadian border.  

Roger Phillips / Idaho Statesman

Ice fishing enthusiasts have big plans this weekend on Magic Reservoir in southern Blaine County.  The lake hosts its annual tournament Saturday and  Sunday.  Competitors are going for the biggest trout and yellow perch. They’ll weigh their catches throughout the day.

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A constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt, fish and trap has been approved by a wide margin by Idaho voters.

With nearly 50 percent of precincts reporting, HJR2 earned support from 74.4 percent of voters early Wednesday morning.

Idaho now joins 13 other states that have added similar language into their state constitutions.

Idaho Voters To Decide Right To Hunt Amendment

Oct 30, 2012
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House Joint Resolution 2 is less than two pages long and adds hunting, fishing and trapping to Idaho’s Constitution.

Governor “Butch” Otter says the authors of the measure wanted to protect these outdoor activities for future generations.

“I think the motivation was to make sure that there was a continuum in that tradition that we have in Idaho," says Otter. "I think the only danger and I warned them about this, that the only danger that we run is what if it fails? What's that going to tell us?”

thedailyshow.com

Last April we told you about reports that link Simplot mines to deformed fish in Idaho rivers. Now that story is getting national attention, but not from major news outlets. Thursday the satirical news program The Daily Show on Comedy Central gave its take.

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