Video: A New Passage for Trout in the Malad River

Idaho Power recently completed an innovative fish passage project that allows native rainbow trout to move between the Snake River and their spawning grounds in the Malad River in Gooding County.

Much of the Malad has been off-limits to these fish, which spawn and rear in this tributary before moving into the Snake River, where they can grow up to 20 inches long. A short YouTube video explains the importance of this project and some of the engineering challenges that came with it.

This project also provides a research tool for Idaho Power biologists, and it is part of the company’s commitment to stewardship of the Snake River. Learn more about the company’s work to support native fish populations at

Brad Bowlin
Communications Specialist