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Fishing rules may change in 2016



During the next few months, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be collecting public input and ideas for fishing rules that will be in effect from 2016 – 2018 and also asking where anglers need new or better access facilities.

Beginning in February, fish and game staff around the state will hold a series of meetings and open houses to visit with sportsmen and document their ideas for fishing rules for the next three-year period. The new rules would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

While IDFG has no formal proposals at this time, there are some specific issues we want to discuss with the public. One involves possession limits for fish. Currently, in most Idaho waters anglers can only possess a single day’s limit of fish while in the field regardless of how many days they spend on a fishing trip. This limits the opportunity to harvest for those on an extended trip. Some anglers have asked for possession limits that would allow two or more daily bag limits.

“We want to understand whether there is a real demand for increasing possession limits, and what concerns anglers might have,” IDFG’s Dave Parrish said. “If the demand is there, biologists will still need to determine whether there are biological concerns if some additional harvest occurs.”

IDFG is also asking for input from anglers on specific locations where more or better boating and fishing access is needed in Idaho. The Department currently maintains more than 320 fishing access areas across the state at a cost of nearly $2 million per year.

“It’s an important program,” Parrish said. “We want the anglers to help us find the places that lack access or need maintenance.”

An opportunity to comment online will soon be available on the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Contact Clearwater Region fish manager Joe DuPont, 799-5010, or attend the meeting to be held at 6 p.m. (MT) at Salmon Rapids Lodge in Riggins.



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