Biologists with the Idaho Fish and Game plan to be electrofishing sections of the South Fork every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from now until May 23 as they conduct a feasibility study on the manual removal of rainbow trout. "These removal efforts are not aimed at removing all of the rainbows in the river," emphasizes Fisheries Manager Brett High. "Really it is an experiment to see what type of effort it requires to manually remove fish, so that we can better evaluate whether removing rainbows from the South Fork using electrofishing is an effective management technique given limitation
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce hybridization between the non-native rainbow trout and the native cutthroat trout in the South Fork of the Snake River, biologists from the Idaho Fish and Game will be manually removing rainbow and hybrid trout. Fish will be stunned with electro-shocking equipment and then transported to local ponds around the Upper Snake region.
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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.
Anglers can expect 12,000 trout to be stocked the week of April 8 to kick off the fishing season, then 6,000 trout stocked each month during May, June, and September.
Over 35,300 catchable- sized rainbow trout will be stocked at the following locations during April.
Body of Water Week To Be Stocked Number To Be Stocked
Mann Lake March 25-29 5400
Hordemann Pond April 15-19 500
Kiwanis Park Pond April 15-19 1500
Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game’s hatcheries in the Southeast Region will be releasing over 25,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during April.
Location Week Stocked Number of Trout
Chesterfield Reservoir Apr 1-5 16,200
Bear River Below Alexander Dam Apr 1-5 250
Over 39,000 catchable-sized (12-14 inch) rainbow trout are set to be stocked in these Panhandle lakes and ponds during the month of April. This month, our hatchery team will be paying particular attention to Fernan Lake, where around 12,000 catchable rainbows will be stocked in this lake alone.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game will stock over 1,400 catchable-sized rainbow at the following locations during April.
LOCATION; WEEK STOCKED; NUMBER OF TROUT
Hayden Creek Pond; April 1-5; 500
Kids Creek Pond; April 1-5; 200
Hayden Creek Pond; April 15-19; 500
Kids Creek Pond; April 15-19; 200
The number of trout actually released may be altered by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes. If delays occur, trout will be released when conditions become favorable.
Stocked with equipment and information, Fish and Game’s fishing trailer will soon be making more than 25 appearances at local ponds across the region, promoting fishing as part of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.
To learn more about the trailer program, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. More information regarding the fishing trailer program, including other regional trailer schedules, will soon be posted on Fish and Game’s website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/trailers.