Ask Zimo: Fish and Game provides online map for trout-stocked ponds

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comOctober 10, 2013 

Q: I saw in the Statesman (Oct. 3) where Fish and Game is restocking ponds in the Boise area.

Is there a map available showing where these ponds are and how to get there?

I live in Fruitland and am not familiar with these areas.

My neighbor and I are both widowed seniors and like to fish, but we need areas easy to access.

I would appreciate some info on these areas or how to get some maps on where these ponds are.

EARLENE WALSTON, via email

A: Each month, Idaho Fish and Game stocks local ponds and rivers with thousands of pan-size rainbow trout, and they might as well end up in the creels of anglers. That's the purpose of Fish and Game's put-and-take trout program.

Fish and Game calls many of the fishing holes that are stocked, "Family Fishing Waters."

They provide good fishing throughout the Treasure Valley and outlying areas.

Besides trout, many of the ponds have other fish, such as bass, bluegill and crappie.

If you go to Fish and Game's Web page at fishandgame.idaho.gov and hit "Fishing," you'll find another link to Family Fishing Waters. There's a list of regions. Go to Southwest Region South Half.

Besides a locator map, you'll find descriptions and directions.

It's pretty easy. Good fishing.

WATERFOWL HOURS

Zimo note: Waterfowl season opens Saturday, and when duck and goose hunters pick up their Idaho Waterfowl Rules, they're going to be wondering where the heck are the shooting hours.

The shooting hours were not included in the waterfowl booklet this year because of a policy change at Fish and Game.

I don't think it's going to fly very far because waterfowl hunters have long depended on having the shooting hours in the waterfowl hunting regulations. They've been in the regs for as long as I can remember.

Waterfowl hunters, especially, need shooting hours handy because the starting and ending times are pretty strict and often coincide with best shooting times.

Don't despair. You can download the regulations and a list of the shooting hours from Fish and Game's website.

I normally keep a PDF of fishing and hunting regulations on my computer. It's really handy.

Go to fishandgame.idaho.gov and click on "Hunting and Waterfowl" and you'll see downloads for both the times and regs.

Fish and Game said this week that printed copies of shooting hours are available at Fish and Game offices and license vendors.

Legal shooting hours for waterfowl are from a half hour before sunrise to sunset. There are other places to get sunrises and sunsets, such as on weather Web pages, GPS units and phone apps.

I'm old-fashioned and like having a hard copy of shooting hours in the rig's glove box or my hunting daypack.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445

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