Idaho Fish and Game stocks over 30 million fish from its resident hatcheries into waters throughout the state every year, providing Idahoans with fishing opportunities for a variety of species.
With so many fish stocked in so many places, it can be hard for anglers to sift through the stocking forecasts and records to identify noteworthy stocking events. To make it easier, we asked Fish and Game hatchery staff to highlight some stocking events for the month of August.
Whether it is a large number of fish being stocked relative to the size of the water, a unique species, a new location, or a one-time-only stocking, we asked them to point out events anglers would be interested in knowing about. Here’s what they came up with:
August 2019 Fish Stocking Highlights
Southwest Region (Nampa)
North Fork Boise River – 3,500 Rainbow Trout.
Middle Fork Boise River – 1,750 Rainbow Trout
South Fork Payette River – 3,500 Rainbow Trout
Southwest Region (McCall)
Northwest Passage Pond – 750 Rainbow Trout. This pond offers easy access and convenient facilities.
Magic Valley Region
Lake Cleveland – 3,000 Rainbow Trout.
Big Wood River – 1,900 Rainbow Trout
Warm Springs Creek – 2,850 Rainbow Trout
Montpelier Creek – 1,000 Rainbow Trout.
Upper Snake Region
Snake River at Tourist Park and John’s Hole – 2,400 Rainbow Trout.
These provide good river fishing opportunity right in Idaho Falls.
Big Bayhorse Lake – 2,000 Rainbow Trout
Little Bayhorse Lake – 1,000 Rainbow Trout
These are drive-in mountain lakes providing good catch rates for anglers. For those seeking a day of adventure, hike the 1-mile long trail connecting the two lakes for double the fishing fun!