Trout Release Kicks Off Spring Fishing Season

BOISE, Idaho — The days are getting longer, and that means more time for fishing! Idaho Power is doing its part to make that spring fishing trip even better by adding 50,000 rainbow trout to C.J. Strike Reservoir this week.

Idaho Power conducts two major trout stocking events in the Snake River each year, in coordination with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Over the course of three days, Idaho Power tankers will release the fish at the Cottonwood boat ramp and the Jacks Creek sportsman’s access boat ramp. The first loads of fish arrived Monday.

Raised in the Hagerman Valley, the trout are about 10 inches long — already pan-sized. Fish that avoid the stringer or the creel grow quickly at C.J. Strike and will provide opportunities for anglers through the summer and beyond.

“This spring release is a good boost to the early fishing season,” said Idaho Power Hatchery Facilities Coordinator Travis Long. “For folks that enjoy being outdoors, cabin fever starts setting in right about now, so this provides a good opportunity to break out the fishing gear and hopefully catch some supper.”

The fish-cleaning station at C.J. Strike Reservoir will remain closed until later this month when the danger of freezing has passed.

The trout release is one of the ways Idaho Power provides recreational opportunities to the public as required by its federal licenses to operate hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River.

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. 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.

Reporting tags helps the company evaluate the success of its annual stocking effort.
For more information about tagged trout or Idaho Power’s numerous fish programs, visit

Media note: Video footage and photos from the March 1 release are available by 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 580,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.

IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit or

Brad Bowlin
Communication Specialist
Idaho Power
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