Anglers in the Salmon and Challis areas will see some giant trout lurking in local fishing ponds after Clear Springs Foods donated over 900 hatchery broodstock to Idaho Fish and Game.
The trophy-sized trout, which average 2.7 pounds, will be stocked at Blue Mountain, Kids Creek, Hyde and Hayden Creek ponds by Saturday, April 13.
The location and number of trout include: Hayden Pond - 280; Hyde Pond - 50; Kid’s Creek Pond – 200; and Blue Mountain Pond – 150.
“These lunkers will be a big hit, especially for the youngster,” said Jordan Messner, Fish and Game fisheries biologist based in Salmon. “We appreciate Clear Springs’ generosity, and we hope folks get out and enjoy some spring fishing.”
Pond fishing is a great way to introduce kids to the sport, using simple set-ups like worm/marshmallow combinations or commercial baits like Power Bait or Crave, either near the bottom or below a bobber.
Idaho Fish and Game regularly stocks these ponds with catchable-sized rainbow trout when conditions are favorable. The trout limit is 6, all species combined. The number of trout released may be altered by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. If delays occur, trout will be stocked when conditions become favorable.
Blue Mountain Pond is adjacent to the golf course in Challis. Kids Creek Pond is a small fishing pond in Salmon. Hyde Creek Pond is located south of Salmon on the road to Sunset Heights. Hayden Creek Pond is located 24 miles southeast of Salmon, then three miles up the Hayden Creek Road.
For more on local fishing waters geared toward families, including descriptions of water, directions and facilities at each, visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/family-waters/salmon.