BOISE, Idaho — Just a few short weeks ago, ice fishing was the only angling taking place at C.J. Strike Reservoir. Now Idaho Power is adding 50,000 pan-sized rainbow trout to the popular spot in preparation for spring and summer fishing.
The company is alternating the releases between C.J. Strike’s Cottonwood and Jack’s Creek accesses March 6–8.
“These are nice-sized fish that will provide a lot of enjoyment for folks fishing at C.J. Strike this spring and summer,” said Idaho Power Biologist Ben Reingold.
The reservoir south of Mountain Home covers roughly 7,500 acres in Elmore and Owyhee counties. It is a popular fishing and camping spot. Idaho Power owns and maintains four campgrounds and a day-use park at the reservoir.
Idaho Power’s federal licenses to operate its 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.
“Our trout-stocking program is one way Idaho Power balances its operations with environmental stewardship,” Reingold said.
These fish are raised at a hatchery in the Hagerman Valley, and they are about 10 inches long when released. Those that aren’t caught right away can grow several inches per 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 that includes 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 into a drawing for $1,000.
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.
Contact: Brad Bowlin