Outdoors are Greater Here

Anyone who has spent anytime with outdoorsmen knows that the pastimes of hunting and fishing are about more than just the sport. They are about getting lost in the beauty of the world around them, appreciating the sights, the smells, the quiet.

Anyone who has spent anytime in the St. Joe Valley knows that the outdoors truly are greater here.

Anglers will find that there’s no better place for fly fishing than the waters of the St. Joe River.

Idaho is famous for its fishing, and the St. Joe River is one of 10 world-class blue-ribbon wild trout streams in the state. Cutthroat trout are elusive but plentiful on the Joe. With the right fly on the right day they can put up enough of a fight to thrill even the most experienced fisherman.

There is a large number of whitefish and pike minnow, and a few rainbow trout in the waters of the Joe.

If fishing for bass or pike, perch or crappie is your preference, perhaps there’s no better place than the chain lakes.

In response to anglers’ requests for more family-oriented fishing opportunities and simplified rules, Idaho Fish and Game has developed Family Fishing Water regulations. In these areas there are year-around seasons, a general six-fish limit for trout, bass, walleye and pike and no bag limit on other species. There are no length limits or tackle requirements.

Most of the fishing waters are located in the public domain, and are open to the public. Access is free.
For information and regulations about fishing in Idaho visit the Idaho Fish and Game website, http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/fish.

Whether it’s moose, deer or elk, the area offers great hunting in the mountains around St. Maries, Avery and Clarkia.

For waterfowl hunters, the numerous lakes and rivers provide quality habitat for a wide variety of geese and duck species in our area.

Large populations of upland birds inhabit our area. The three species of forest grouse are found in the wooded areas of northern Idaho. Pheasants, doves and quail are plentiful in the agricultural areas in the southern part of Benewah County.

Wild turkeys can be found in abundance. There are general seasons in spring and fall, and controlled hunts in spring.

Hunters are reminded to be aware of Idaho’s hunting laws and seasons when planning to hunt. Always ask before hunting on private land.

For complete list of Idaho hunting rules, regulations and seasons, visit the Idaho Fish and Game website http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/.