June will be a busy month for personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries as they will be releasing more than 96,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations. With Free Fishing Day around the corner, local ponds will be a focal point of trout stocking efforts this month.
Unfamiliar with a particular stocking location? Use Idaho’s Fish Planner application on the Fish and Game website (idfg.idaho.gov) to find that special fishing water.
LOCATION WEEK NUMBER OF TROUT
Bear Pond (Placerville) June 4 200
This is where thousands of rainbow trout are, or are headed, for the month of May and Memorial Day weekend.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, in cooperation with Avista, began conducting a 10-month angler creel survey on the Clark Fork River from Lake Pend Oreille to Cabinet Gorge Dam on February 1. Additionally, we began surveying anglers fishing the Pack River, Grouse Creek, and Lightning Creek on March 1. We plan to continue these surveys through approximately December 1, 2018.
Personnel from Fish and Game's Pahsimeroi Hatchery released 100 steelhead each in Blue Mountain Pond and Kids Creek Pond Monday, April 23.
Personnel from Fish and Game's McCall and Nampa Hatcheries will be releasing
more than 63,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during May.
LOCATION WEEK STOCKED NUMBER OF TROUT
Browns Pond (McCall) May 21 500
Caldwell Pond #2 April 30 500
Duff Lane Pond (Middleton) April 30 225
Eagle Island Park Pond May 21 450
East Mountain Reservoir (Cascade) May 21 500
Eds Pond (Emmett) May 14 200
In the Panhandle Region and throughout the state, fisheries biologists are gearing up to learn more about the fish in area lakes and streams. The Idaho Fish and Game monitors fish populations around the state all year long, but spring and summer are a particularly busy time. Biologists sample fish populations to answer questions about how many fish are present, if they are trending up or down, the types of fish in a water body, how fish grow, and at what rate fish die.
Crews from Nampa, Niagara Springs, and Hagerman hatcheries were able to net all of the fish and put them into smaller two trucks from Hagerman State Fish Hatchery.