Idaho Wildlife Officials Won’t Restrict Fishing Because of Heat
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — While Montana, Oregon and Washington have all enacted emergency fishing rules to handle low flows and warm water conditions, the Idaho Fish and Game Department Panhandle Region says it has no plans to follow suit.
The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1Km8vfs ) that Idaho released a statement Wednesday saying that despite the heat wave in late June, fish populations are unlikely to be affected by current conditions. The statement says the window of high temperatures is short and that most fish can withstand temporary stress. Earlier this month Montana enforced so-called "hoot-owl" restrictions on fishing which closes some waterways for fishing between 2 p.m. to midnight.
Idaho's other neighboring states enacted similar restrictions in hopes of easing stressed trout and other fish populations that had been affected by high water temperatures.