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Feb. 13 fish management meeting slated in Riggins



IDFG will hold four public meetings to provide comments and opinions on how best to manage fisheries in the Clearwater Region (Clearwater, lower Snake, lower Salmon, and lower Little Salmon river drainages) next month, including one Feb. 13 in Riggins.

During these meetings, free pizza and refreshments will be provided, and biologists will be seeking input on development of a new fish management plan (2019-2024), general fishing seasons and rules (2019-2021) and spring/summer chinook salmon rules (2018).

Some of the important topics that will be discussed includes the direction Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s fisheries program should take over the next six years, smallmouth bass management on Dworshak Reservoir, steelhead fishing rules, and chinook salmon fishing rules. Information on each of these topics and more will be presented, and people will have opportunities to ask questions and provide their opinions on these topics or any other fisheries topic they may have.

“Your input is important to help insure Idaho’s fisheries are managed in a manner that is most satisfying to all who participate in them,” IDFG stated in a news release Jan. 24.

Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m., and presentations will begin shortly after. Each meeting will continue until all angler comments are collected and/or addressed. In the past, these meetings have lasted about two hours.

The meeting locations and dates are as follows:

• Orofino: Feb. 12, IDFG Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Drive, located northwest of Ahsahka Bridge.

• Riggins: Feb. 13 (5:30 p.m. Mountain Time), Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street

• Moscow : Feb. 13, Fairgrounds, 1021 Harold Street

• Lewiston: Feb. 15, Idaho Fish and Game Office, 3316 16th Street.

Those unable to attend a meeting can provide their comments to Joe DuPont, Clearwater Region Fisheries Manager, either by phone at 208-799-5010, mail to 3316 16th Street, Lewiston, ID, 83501, or email to joe.dupont@idfg.idaho.gov.



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