It’s a massive disruption for Idaho’s tourist and fishing industry.

it’s likely to put some people out of business who rely on steelhead fishing for a living

The state is shutting down steelhead season on December 7th, months earlier than planned.  The cause is hectoring from a band of radical environmentalists.

Each year a few steelhead not raised in hatcheries are caught (perhaps just 3 percent) by fisherman in North Central Idaho.  The federal government has failed to act for several years on a waiver.  Threats of a lawsuit from the environmentalists caused this year’s abbreviated season.

Washington should eventually grant Idaho a reprieve but in the meantime it’s likely to put some people out of business who rely on steelhead fishing for a living.  State Representative Priscilla Gidding’s hometown of Riggins is greatly impacted.  She joined us today with hometown concerns.  You can listen along on the YouTube video.