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Idaho Fish & Game Seeks Angler Opinions On Issues
IDAHO FALLS - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is seeking input from anglers on a variety of issues important for the future of fishing in the State. Anglers are encouraged to attend an open house meeting to provide their opinions and suggestions on three main topics: Development of the 2013-2018 Fish Management Plan, potential fishing rule changes for the 2013-2014 seasons, and the 2012 upper Salmon River Chinook salmon season and limits.

The open house meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. on February 23rd in the IDFG Regional office in Idaho Falls, located at 4279 Commerce Circle.

IDFG wants to know how anglers would like their fisheries to be managed, and if anglers think the Department needs to make major changes in their management strategies or whether anglers support current management. Angler input from these meetings will help in the development of the next Fish Management Plan which will span from 2013 to 2018.

IDFG would also like to know any potential rule changes anglers would like to see in the 2013-2014 fishing rules. Fishery personnel from the Salmon Region will be present discuss the 2012 Chinook salmon fishing outlook and management strategies used to manage fisheries in the upper Salmon River.

All opinions and suggestions regarding these issues are welcome.

Those unable to attend a meeting can provide their comments by contacting regional fishery personnel at 525-7290 or send their information in writing to Fishing Rules, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls 83401. Anglers can also make comments by emailing the Upper Snake Region Fisheries Manager, Dan Garren at dan.garren@idfg.idaho.gov. Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting Dan Garren or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD). Deadline for comments during this phase of the process is March 15, 2012.