For more than a decade, the idea of a community fishing pond right here in Pocatello has been the dream of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Friday, October 28, it will be a long-awaited reality.
Idaho Fish and Game welcomes the public to a grand opening of the community fishing pond at Edson Fichter Nature Area on October 28. The nature area, behind Indian Hills Elementary on Cheyenne Avenue in Pocatello, reopens at 3 p.m. that day at which time anglers are invited to wet a fly or dunk a worm in the new three-acre pond.
The fishery will be stocked with rainbow trout ranging in size from 10-inch catchables to lunkers weighing almost six pounds. About 200 of the yellow-phase banana trout - a public favorite - will also call the pond home. The daily limit will be six fish. All anglers 14 years of age and older must have a valid Idaho fishing license.
Anglers will be able to fish from docks and from an extensive open shore. In the spring, the site will be covered with new vegetation, and future phases will include the completion of a paved pathway around the pond as well as the addition of landscaping, pavilions, picnic benches and other amenities.
"This is so exciting," said Jennifer Jackson, regional conservation educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. "As a Fish and Game employee, I am thrilled to have a local location for hosting fishing clinics and other public fishing events. As a parent, I can't wait to take my daughter fishing - even if it is only for an hour after school."
Fish and Game appreciates the public's support and the many donors who gave time, energy and funds to this new community asset. For more information about the pond and the grand opening, please contact Fish and Game at 208-232-4703.