Ho, ho, ho! It may be cold out there, but it's not too cold for stocking trout or going fishing. Just bundle up and remember the neoprene fishing gloves.
Hey, there's another idea for a holiday gift for the angler.
Back to fishing. Idaho Fish and Game's Nampa Hatchery released about 9,000 catchable-size rainbow trout at the following locations on Dec. 2 and will add more later this month to certain ponds that are unlikely to freeze during winter.
Here's where to get in some winter fishing while conditions allow. With colder temperatures, some ponds may get edge ice or slightly freeze over.
Ice on valley ponds usually can't be trusted to support anglers for ice fishing, so don't try it.
Boise River (above Glenwood Bridge) - 1,200.
Boise River (below Glenwood Bridge) - 600.
Eagle Island Park Pond (Eagle) - 450.
Kleiner Park Pond - 450.
Marianne Williams Pond (Boise) - 450.
Marsing Pond - 600.
McDevitt Pond (Boise) - 450.
Merrill Pond (Eagle) - 450.
Parkcenter Pond (Boise) - 900.
Quinns (Clocktower) Pond (Boise) - 450.
Riverside Pond (Garden City) - 450.
Rotary Pond (Caldwell) - 450.
Wilson Springs (Nampa) - 250 each day, Dec. 2, 16, 23, 30.
Wilson Springs Ponds (Nampa) - 400 each day, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Fish and Game says the number of trout released may be changed by weather, water conditions, equipment problems or schedule changes.
If delays occur, trout will be stocked when conditions become favorable. Anglers should double-check rules because some ponds have restricted bag limits.
FISHING, HUNTING LICENSES
Fish and Game wants to talk to hunters and anglers about hunting and fishing licenses and will host a live chat from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11.
New this year is the option to buy a three-year license.
The agency says the change was made for convenience and to offer customers a small savings.
A three-year hunting license costs $34.75, instead of the yearly $12.75; and a three-year fishing license costs $73.75 instead of the yearly $25.75.
Those who want to participate in the chat will have an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and learn more about hunting and fishing license options and programs.
To participate, click on the chat link on the Fish and Game's website at fishandgame.idaho.gov.