BOISE — Idaho Power will jump-start the spring and summer fishing seasons at C.J. Strike Reservoir by releasing 50,000 pan-sized rainbow trout at two of the most popular spots for anglers on the Middle Snake River.
The company is alternating the releases between C.J. Strike’s Cottonwood and Jack’s Creek accesses May 2-4.
These fish are raised at a hatchery in the Hagerman Valley, and are about 10 inches long when released. Those that aren’t caught right away can grow several inches per year.
Some trout released previously have metal jaw tags. Anglers are asked to report any tagged fish they catch. Record the tag number, date, the reward value — if any — and the approximate location where the fish was caught.
Call 1-800-388-6011 toll free and to report. Provide your name, mailing address, telephone number and whether the fish was kept or released.
Anglers who report tagged fish through the toll-free number are entered in a drawing for $1,000. For more information, go to idahopower.com/fish.
The reservoir covers roughly 7,500 acres in Elmore and Owyhee counties.