It may seem strange for an electric company to be involved with angling, but Idaho Power regularly stocks fish on the Snake River as part of the management to enhance recreational opportunities around the hydro-electric dams they manage. Working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Power manages a tagging program to keep tabs on how many fish are being caught and where,
Idaho Power biologist Ben Reingold said.
To maximize the number of fish caught by anglers, Idaho Power adjusts the number of fish released at several locations along the Mid-Snake River based in part on the information gathered from anglers who report catching tagged fish.
One such angler recently won $1000 from the tagging
Richard Kendall recently became the latest winner after catching a hatchery-reared rainbow trout at Lower Salmon Falls Reservoir in November. He called to report the fish’s jaw tag and was entered into Idaho Power’s twice-annual drawing.
Area residents don’t have to travel to CJ Strike or Hagerman to catch these tagged fish. Brad Bowlin, Communication Specialist with Idaho Power informed us that there have been tags reported being caught both above and below Swan Falls, over 30 miles from the closest fish release spot.
Each year, Idaho Power stocks trout in the Mid-Snake River at locations from C.J. Strike Reservoir east to Centennial Park near Twin Falls. The most recent release came during the week of March 4, with 72,000 pan-sized rainbow trout released. A few thousand of those fish have jaw tags that can earn anglers a chance at $1,000 by calling toll free, 1-800-388-6011.