Fishing Column: How is the drought impacting local fisheries? | Outdoors

Fishing Column: How is the drought impacting local fisheries? | Outdoors
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Well folks, I’m not breaking any news by saying we’re in a drought. It happens quickly here in the desert—a couple of low-snowpack winters combined with the record heat we’ve seen this summer, and just like that, water is a scarce resource.

I’ve been getting lots of questions about how low water conditions impact local fishing opportunities, both now and into the future. Here are some thoughts on the most common inquiries:

How do droughts impact fish?

Nature is resilient. As longtime residents of our climate, fish have largely adapted to deal with hot summers and fluctuating water levels. There are two things that can cause problems, though—when a fishery gets so low that fish don’t have enough oxygen to survive, and when low water levels interrupt a spawn. In the case of the former, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) will attempt to relocate fish or issue a salvage order (more on that…

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