Idaho Fish and Game has started trapping steelhead - some of them bound for the Boise River - at the Oxbow Hatchery's fish trap.
Fish and Game hopes to deliver the first load of about 330 hatchery fish Thursday afternoon, November 8, to the Boise River between the Glenwood Bridge to Barber Park.
Subsequent deliveries are expected on November 15 and 20 for a total of about 1,000 fish. If the steelhead cooperate - first Fish and Game needs to trap 500 fish for hatchery operations.
Anglers hoping to catch one of these four- to 10-pound beauties, will need a 2007 fishing license and a $12.75 steelhead permit. Barbless hooks are not required for Boise River steelhead angling.
All steelhead stocked in the Boise River will lack an adipose fin - the small fin normally found immediately behind the dorsal fin. Anglers who catch a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches without an adipose fin should consider the fish a steelhead.
Boise River anglers with a valid permit may take three steelhead per day and have nine in possession. Any steelhead taken in the Boise River counts in the angler's fall season limit of 20 fish. Anglers without a steelhead permit must immediately release any steelhead caught.
The fish are A-run hatchery steelhead, returning to the Idaho Power Co.'s Oxbow Hatchery fish trap - operated by Fish and Game - on the Snake River at the base of Hells Canyon Dam.
Many of the returning steelhead will become part of the ongoing steelhead hatchery program at Oxbow Hatchery as mitigation for the effects on salmon and steelhead of Idaho Power's Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams.
For information about the Boise River steelhead release, contact Fish and Game in Nampa at 465-8465 or the Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.