Salmon and steelhead are famous for their amazing migrations, but trout and char can pull off some pretty impressive migrations, too.

Chondo Martial Arts Academy students hit the mats early last month for the first time since the coronavirus forced the place closed, but they had to do it under new rules and regulations.

BLACKFOOT -- Questions were answered and an official green light was given Monday for the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals to take place in Blackfoot.

Using a recently installed passive integrated transponder array, Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers tracked four adult wild steelhead salmon returning to Marsh Creek to spawn.

Tae kwon do and hapkido classes will resume in Challis sometime in June, according to Chondo Martial Arts Academy Sensei Shelbie Bryant.

Now that Forest Service workers have acquired the necessary amount of personal protective gear and cleaning materials, they will gradually reopen 26 campgrounds in the Sawtooth National Forest by Memorial Day weekend.

Permits for boat floating on the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon rivers will be issued beginning May 16, according to the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Forest Service staff will reopen parts of the Salmon-Challis National Forest on May 16 with new rules in effect, stemming from the coronavirus.

As summer comes and the state slowly reopens, many Idahoans are looking for ways to get outside, and Idaho Fish and Game workers suggest they go fishing.

In a 2-1 decision, Custer County commissioners voted to allow camping at the North Custer Rodeo Grounds May 22 and 23 if rodeo participants follow physical distancing guidelines.

The cancellation period for float permits on the Main Salmon and Middle Fork Salmon rivers has been extended until May 15, Salmon-Challis Forest officials said last week, because of continued coronavirus concerns.

All national forest lands in Idaho have a 10-person group size limit for outdoor recreation, following an April 29 directive from the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region office.

Developed campgrounds and most recreation sites within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are closed until June 5, according to Julie Thomas with the Sawtooth National Forest.

Adult steelhead will still spawn at the Pahsimeroi and Stanley fish hatcheries this spring, but the fish won’t be given away as has occurred in past years.

Fish and Game workers began aerial surveys last week to count the number of mountain goats on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, a population that has only been partially surveyed in the past.

Free chili and open discussion on the management of Idaho’s fish and wildlife are on tap at the Challis Community Event Center on Tuesday, March 24 and on Wednesday, March 25 at the Salmon Fish and Game office. Both sessions run from 4-7 p.m.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes officials from Fort Hall want to to replace a weir in Pettit Lake Creek, and the public has 30 days from Feb. 19 to comment on the project.

For 26 years the Challis Blackheart wrestling team has invited athletes from around the state to compete at the Mario D’Orazio Invitational, but this year marked the first time enough girls signed up that a separate bracket was made for them.

The Challis Vikings enter the district tournament with a Thursday, Feb. 13 game, coming off a tough week with three losses.

The Challis Lady Vikings begin district play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Blackfoot High School. If they win, they play again Feb. 1 and if they lose, they play Feb. 4.

The Challis Vikings evenly split their last four games, losing to Salmon and West Jefferson, but grabbing two wins against Taylor’s Crossing.

Challis High School hosted the first boys high school basketball game of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 4, playing the Watersprings Warriors from the Idaho Falls area.

Skiers, snowshoers and other winter recreationists can now get daily forecasts for the Sawtooth National Forest from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

Matt Dungan’s highly successful ice fishing gear business started when he was a boy trapping possums in the woods of Tennessee.

Anglers are limited to keeping just one steelhead per day during the spring steelhead season that opens Jan. 1 along sections of the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers. 

The loop road at Craters of the Moon will close when snow falls, but employees at the national preserve will hold several activities and events through the holiday season.

BOISE — Fisheries managers are optimistic a program to save imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon is heading in the right direction despite few of the ocean-going fish making it back to central Idaho this year.

The Challis High School wrestling team will bring 16 boys to its annual Challis Take-down Tournament against the Salmon Savages at 6 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 3, to kick off the season.