More than 70,000 rainbow trout are being released at Twin Falls, Bell Rapids and C.J. Strike Reservoir this week. Another 8,000 will go to American Falls Reservoir later this month.
BOISE, Idaho — 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 week, thanks to Idaho Power.
The company will release more than 78,000 rainbow trout into the river this month, starting this week. About 52,000 fish will go 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.
Idaho Power will release another 4,000 fish at Centennial Park near Twin Falls, and 15,000 will go into Lower Salmon Falls Reservoir at the Bell Rapids boat ramp.
Later this month, the company will add 8,000 trout to American Falls Reservoir.
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.
The company also provides an online map that shows release locations and recommended access points for anglers.
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 idahopower.com/fish for more information.
Media note: Raw video of the stocking is available for download at this link. Photos are available upon request.
About Idaho Power
Idaho Power, headquartered in vibrant and fast-growing Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal to provide 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean-energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest prices for electricity. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 560,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.