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Anderson Ponds open for fishing

Anglers anxiously awaiting the opening of the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area's four Anderson ponds, the Bass ponds, Big Bend Ditch, Goose Pond and the pond west of Highway 30 need wait no longer with it opening on July 1. The late opening date of July 1 will protect nesting waterfowl on the WMA. The season closes October 31. The ponds are managed under the general fishing rules which include limits of six bass longer than 12 inches, six trout, and use of general fishing equipment. Anglers can catch rainbow trout, bluegill, and the occasional channel catfish or white sturgeon. Fishermen are reminded that sturgeon can't be harvested and that they should be released immediately. Do not remove sturgeon from the water for photos or measuring. Motors are not allowed on the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area, but anglers can use float tubes, pontoon boats, or other small water craft. For more information on the fishing in the Magic Valley Region, call the Fish and Game Regional Office at 324-4359.