trout release

Idaho Power will release more than 78,000 rainbow trout into the Snake River this month.

Fall weather is fine for fishing, and anglers’ odds of taking home a stringer full of trout from the Snake River are a lot better this month, thanks to Idaho Power. They are also better throughout the area as the Idaho Department of Fish and Game made trout additions this week to several area ponds.

More than 70,000 rainbow trout have been being released in the Snake River at Twin Falls, Bell Rapids and C.J. Strike Reservoir in recent weeks. Another 8,000 went to American Falls Reservoir last week.

About 52,000 of the fish went to C.J. Strike Reservoir, south of Mountain Home. The releases will be split between the Cottonwood Park boat launch and the Jack’s Creek Sportsman’s Access.

The fish are raised in the Hagerman Valley, and they average 10 to 12 inches when released — the perfect size for a frying pan or grill.

Idaho Power’s federal licenses to operate hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River require the company to preserve and enhance recreational opportunities. As part of that effort, the company stocks various locations along the Middle Snake each year.

Some trout released previously have metal jaw tags. 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 the fish was caught. They can call toll free, 1-800-388-6011, and provide information including 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 in a drawing for $1,000. Visit for more information.

Fish and Game stocking efforts contributed over 2,000 rainbow trout to the Boise River this week. Ed’s Pond in Emmett received 200 new opportunities and Sawyer’s Pond’s trout population was increased by about 900. The Mill Pond in Horseshoe Bend also received a 900 trout infusion this week.

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