Catfish Stocked At Milner Reservoir


By Paul Johnson

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - There is a fresh crop of channel catfish that’s been stocked into the Milner Reservoir. Idaho Power’s annual release of about 20,000 fish were placed into the reservoir on the Snake River near Burley recently.
Idaho Power says this is the 22nd year that the company has stocked the popular fishing spot. The catfish released on Wednesday were pan-sized, but previous fish planted in the reservoir could now weigh up to three pounds and be 20 inches long or more.
“The fish stocking program is one way that Idaho Power balances its power supply operations with environmental stewardship and provides recreational opportunities in the communities we serve,” said Idaho Power biologist Stefanie Leth.

Fish were stocked at two locations in Milner Reservoir: 10,000 at the Lex Kunau Park boat ramp near the Highway 27 Bridge in Burley, and 10,000 at the North Freedom Park boat ramp near the Highway 30 Bridge in Heyburn.

There is boat access to the reservoir at the two stocking points, as well as via the Bureau of Land Management access near Milner Dam on the south side of the reservoir. There is also bank access to the reservoir, but anglers should note that it is limited because of private land.

The fish release is a requirement under the terms of the company’s federal license to operate its 59.4-megawatt hydroelectric generation facility at Milner Dam, which was originally built in 1905. Idaho Power has operated the power plant since 1992. The company conducts its fish planting operations in accordance with all applicable Idaho Department of Fish and Game regulations.

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