Hunting & Fishing in the Grace and Gem Valley

 

 

HUNTING AND FISHING

Hunting in the Gem ValleyCaribou County has long been favored for its hunting and fishing locations and its wildlife populations.  There are many lakes and streams that are home to rainbow and cutthroat trout.  Proven fishing locations include the Chesterfield Reservoir, the Blackfoot Reservoir and Twenty-four Mile Reservoir.  Good year around fishing is found in the Bear River, and for shortened and general seasons some prevalent streams are the Portneuf River and the Blackfoot River drainages.  These lakes and streams are periodically stocked with trout from the Grace Fish Hatchery which is located five miles south of Grace.  Tours at the hatchery are available by contacting the fish hatchery at 427-6364.

The Department of Fish and Game, along with volunteers, sponsor a Free Fishing Day that is usually the second Saturday in June.  This allows anyone to fish legally without a fishing license and experience this exciting outdoor recreation.

For those who favor hunting as one of their pastimes, Caribou County along with the Caribou National forest is home for many elk, deer and moose.  All public land is easily accessible to hunt on, but for private land, hunters must get the owners permission before entering.

Hunting and fishing seasons can change yearly, so before going, check with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices, a local license vendor, or the annual hunting and fishing regulations.

Before going afield to hunt or fish, a license must be purchased from a licensed vendor.  Those wishing to hunt can purchase a license at the age of 12 after completing a certified hunter education course.  For those who like to fish, licenses must be purchased at age 14.  Licenses are also available by phone, by calling 1-800-554-8685. 

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