F&G proposes cuts in trout limits for local ponds

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Idaho Fish and Game is proposing a cut in the daily bag limit from six trout to two trout because of the intense fishing pressure at Parkcenter Pond, Weiser Community Pond, McDevitt Pond, and Wilson ponds (North and South).

The public can comment on the proposed regulation changes and see others for the 2013-2015 seasons HERE
Fish and Game will consider all opinions when crafting recommended proposed rules for the November Fish and Game Commission meeting.

Fish and Game welcomes comments submitted via the agency's website or through the mail. Review copies of the proposed rule changes are available at all Fish and Game regional offices and the headquarters office in Boise.

Comments can be mailed to: Bureau of Fisheries, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707. Comments will be accepted through Sept 30. Comments will be shared with the commission before rules are adopted.

Other proposals:

- Remove the minimum size limit on bass on Magic Reservoir. Currently, there is a 12-inch minimum length limit on bass in the reservoir. Removing the minimum length limit will allow increased harvest of bass from the reservoir, F&G said.

- On the South Fork of the Snake River tributaries, no limit on rainbow trout or hybrid trout. The brown trout limit is two, none under 16 inches. This change will allow anglers to take more rainbow and make the rules consistent with the South Fork Snake River.

- Increase the statewide spring steelhead bag limit to 40 fish per season (current bag limit is 20 steelhead for the spring season). Anglers would be allowed to harvest up to 40 steelhead during the spring season. These steelhead are hatchery-produced and in excess of hatchery production needs, F&G said.

- Increase spring season limits on the Salmon River from Long Tom Creek (3/4 mile upstream from the Middle Fork of the Salmon River) to posted boundary 100 yards downstream of Sawtooth Hatchery to six fish per day and 18 in possession. The spring statewide season bag limit would become 40 fish like the previous proposal. This would allow anglers to harvest more steelhead in the most terminal fishing area of the Salmon River beginning on Jan. 1 of the spring season.

Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman. Anglers on ParkCenter Pond.

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What resevoir is being referred to? all?

Magic Reservoir

Zimo: Thanks for the catch. It got deleted on the first take.