Information sought on bull trout poaching on Pack River
August 25, 2021
By T.J. Ross
Senior IDFG Fisheries Research Biologist
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.