Idaho Power Stocks Thousands Of Rainbow Trout In Mid-Snake River


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) – If you are a fisherman, you will like to hear this. Idaho Power say they stocked several popular fishing spots with 72,000 Rainbow Trout. The fish were released in the Snake River between Twin Falls and Grand View for early-season anglers.

The utility released 50,000 rainbow trout into C.J. Strike’s Cottonwood and Jack’s Creek accesses. An additional 6,000 were released into the Lower Salmon Falls Reservoir near Bell Rapids, 14,000 at Centennial Park near Twin Falls and 2,000 below Bliss Dam.

Idaho Power’s federal licenses to operate its hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River require the company to preserve and enhance recreational opportunities. As part of that effort, the company stocks the Mid-Snake twice each year, usually in March and October.

“These fish will provide a lot of opportunities for anglers of all ages and abilities, all along this stretch of the Snake River,” said Idaho Power biologist Ben Reingold. “Our trout-stocking program is one way Idaho Power balances its operations with environmental stewardship.”

“That includes many parks, boat landings and fishing access spots along the river, as well as the fish-stocking program,” Reingold added. The company also will stock American Falls Reservoir with rainbow trout in May.

These fish are about 10 inches long when released. Those that aren’t caught can grow several inches per year and turn into real prizes for lucky fishermen. Some of the fish released last week have been fitted with jaw tags used by Idaho Power researchers to evaluate the success of the stocking program. Tagged fish have been released into the river since spring 2007.

Anglers are asked to report any tagged fish they catch by recording the tag number, date, the reward value (if any) and the approximate location where it was caught. They can call toll free, 1-800-388-6011, and provide information that includes their name, mailing address, telephone number and whether the fish was kept or released.

Anglers who report tagged fish through the toll-free number are entered into a drawing for $1,000.

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