Press Release

Hatchery highlights for August: Notable fish stockings around the state

Here are some highlights beyond the routine fish stocking going on statewide

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

Southeast Region

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.

Salmon Region

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!