The enormous 4-year-old spring chinook, about 36 inches long and weighing 10 to 12 pounds each, elicited gasps from passersby as Idaho Fish and Game employees scooped the fish from their truck and slipped them into the Boise River. About 145 fish were released at four locations: Glenwood, West ParkCenter, Barber Park and Americana.
“That’s a fisherman’s dream, right there,” said Taylor Jacobson, who resumed his fishing with bigger fish in mind.
The fish, from Oxbow Fish Hatchery, are intended to be caught and anglers were casting even before all the fish were unloaded. Anglers need a fishing license and salmon permit for the Chinook salmon. The Boise River season will run June 21 to Aug. 30. Fishing is allowed 24 hours per day and barbless hooks aren’t required.