BURLEY, Idaho — Magic Valley anglers have an increased chance of catching catfish this summer after Idaho Power stocked Milner Reservoir with more than 20,000 channel cats on June 28. The annual stocking event has two exciting twists this year—bigger fish and a chance for anglers to win money.
Most years, the fish released into Milner Reservoir on the Snake River range from 8 to 12 inches. But this year’s load had fish up to 18 inches, and select tagged fish are worth $50. Anglers who catch a tagged fish are encouraged to report it by calling 1-866-258-0338 or visiting idfg.idaho.gov.
Channel catfish grow quickly, and holdover fish from previous stockings could exceed 20 inches in length and weigh up to 10 pounds. The cash rewards are available for catching specially tagged fish as part of a study Idaho Power and the Idaho Department of Fish & Game are doing to track how many anglers are fishing for and catching channel cats in the reservoir.
This is the 25th year Idaho Power has stocked catfish in Milner. As usual, fish were released at two locations: the Lex Kunau Park boat ramp near the Highway 27 Bridge in Burley and the North Freedom Park boat ramp near the Highway 30 Bridge in Heyburn. The catfish were raised by Fish Breeders of Idaho in Hagerman.
There is boat access to the reservoir at both 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 Idaho Power’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 plant since 1992. The company conducts its fish-planting operations in accordance with all applicable Idaho Department of Fish & Game regulations.
Learn more about Idaho Power’s fish stocking program.
About Idaho Power:
Idaho Power, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and locally operated since 1916, is an electric utility that employs more than 2,000 people who serve approximately 535,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its diverse generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit www.idahopower.com or www.idacorpinc.com.