HUNTING AND FISHING
Seasons opening for elk, pronghorn, steelhead
Some early elk hunts opened Aug. 1. Most are antlerless green-field hunts in seven elk management zones Palouse, Weiser, Lemhi, Beaverhead, Pioneer, Snake River and Owyhee-South Hills zones, which are meant to help reduce crop damage.
Early archery hunts also start Aug. 1 in the Snake River elk zone, and controlled green-field hunts also open in the Dworshak and Hells Canyon zones.
Most controlled archery pronghorn seasons open Aug. 15 and continue through Sept. 15. In addition, in many units, archery seasons for mule deer, whitetailed deer and elk open Aug. 30 and run through September.
The fall chinook salmon harvest season opens Sept. 1 in the Snake River and the Lower Clearwater River.
The fall steelhead harvest season opened Aug. 1, on a 2-mile stretch of the Lower Clearwater River from its mouth to the U.S. 12 Memorial Bridge near Lewiston. The rest of Clearwater and the Middle Fork, North Fork and South Fork Clearwater rivers are open for catch-and-release only until Oct. 15.
Fish Creek Reservoir and the 2-mile reach of Fish Creek from the Fish Creek Dam downstream to the Fish Creek Road crossing will be dry or nearly dry by late summer and is open to salvage fishing, Idaho Fish and Game said. Daily bag, possession and size limits will be removed on Fish Creek Reservoir through Sept. 30.
Dispersed sites at Goose Lake get new toilets
Two outdated pit toilets are being replaced with new vault toilets in the Goose Lake undeveloped camping area northwest of McCall, and camping there is closed through Aug. 7. Grouse Campground on Goose Lake remains open. For details call 347-0300.