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Information sought on bull trout poaching on Pack River

 
August 25, 2021

By T.J. Ross
Senior IDFG Fisheries Research Biologist

Bull trout male by Joseph R. Tomelleri
Idaho Fish and Game has information regarding illegal harvest of bull trout on the Pack River in the Lake Pend Oreille basin this summer. Fish and Game conservation officers are seeking any information the public may have that might lead to identification of the people involved.

Bull trout were listed as “threatened” under the endangered species act in 1998. Lake Pend Oreille is home to a healthy population of these unique fish due to its clean, cold water and abundance of suitable spawning tributaries, including the Pack River.

Harvest of bull trout in Idaho is illegal; only catch-and-release is allowed.

Bull Trout can be identified by characteristics such as a squared tail fin, pink spotting along their sides, and a dorsal fin lacking any markings. Learn more on bull trout identification.

Bull trout grow big and fight hard, making them a highly-sought after quarry by many anglers. Illegal harvest of bull trout, as with any poaching case, directly impacts fishing opportunities for law-abiding sportsmen.

Information leading to charges being filed would be eligible for a reward from the Citizens Against Poaching program.

Please contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline, 1-800-632-5999, and say that you may have information regarding a bull trout poaching case on the Pack River. Poaching information can also be reported online on the Citizens against Poaching tip line

Individuals providing information can remain anonymous.

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