Idaho Power stocked 50,000 rainbow trout at two popular fishing spots this week. Although campgrounds at C.J. Strike are closed, fishing access and boat ramps are open.
GRAND VIEW, Idaho — If your idea of “social distancing” involves wetting a fishing line in the middle of a lake or from the end of a dock on a crisp Idaho morning, you’re in luck. Idaho Power added 50,000 catchable rainbow trout to C.J. Strike Reservoir this week.
Although the company has temporarily closed its campgrounds at the reservoir, day-use areas including boat ramps remain open. Restrooms at the parks are closed, but portable toilets have been installed. Visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing and other guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) to avoid the potential spread of coronavirus.
Some previously released fish have jaw tags. Anglers who report catching one of these tagged fish will have their names entered in an annual drawing for $1,000.
Reporting tags helps the company evaluate the success of its annual stocking effort, which also includes a fall release at several Middle Snake River locations. Idaho Power’s federal licenses to operate hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River require the company to provide recreational opportunities for the public.
The fish released this week were raised in the Hagerman Valley and average 10 to 12 inches long. Fish that aren’t caught right away can grow several inches per year, especially in C.J. Strike, which provides excellent food and habitat for trout and other game species.
Anglers who catch a jaw-tagged fish should note the tag number, the date the fish was caught, the location and whether the fish was released. Call 1-800-388-6011 to be eligible for the drawing. For more information about tagged trout or Idaho Power’s numerous fish programs, visit idahopower.com/fish.
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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 570,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.