Boise River to get 200 steelhead Nov. 22

STATESMAN STAFFNovember 21, 2013 

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Idaho Fish and Game plans to stock about 200 steelhead in the Boise River on Friday and it will be the only one this year, Fish and Game officials said.

PETE ZIMOWSKY — Idaho Statesman file

Idaho Fish and Game plans to stock about 200 steelhead in the Boise River on Friday and it will be the only one this year, Fish and Game officials said.

The number of steelhead returning to Idaho is low and most of them are needed to meet hatchery brood stock goals.

Fish and Game will release the fish at five locations between the Glenwood Bridge and Barber Park.

To spread the fish around to the most anglers, Fish and Game has set different bag and possession limits on the Boise River.

The daily limit will be one fish with three in possession. The fall season limit is 20 steelhead.

Because of their size — 6 to 12 pounds — the actual number of steelhead stocked will depend on the capacity of the tanker truck hauling the fish from Oxbow Hatchery on the Snake River.

Besides a fishing license, anglers hoping to catch one of the hatchery steelhead need a $12.75 steelhead permit. Barbless hooks are not required for Boise River steelhead angling.

All steelhead stocked in the Boise River will lack an adipose fin. That’s the small fin normally found just in front of the tail.

Boise River anglers catching a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches that lacks an adipose fin should consider the fish a steelhead.

An angler without a steelhead permit who catches a steelhead must immediately return the fish to the water.

The fish being released in the Boise River are A-run hatchery steelhead that returned to the Idaho Power Company-owned Oxbow Hatchery fish trap below Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake.

The fall steelhead stocking has been a popular tradition in the Treasure Valley, and anglers flock to the river for a chance to catch one of the fish.

The department has brought steelhead to the Valley annually since 2002, thanks to abundant hatchery runs.

For more information regarding the Boise River steelhead release, call the Fish and Game’s Nampa office at 465-8465.

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