IDFG Will Know Soon If Hells Canyon Trap Has Enough Steelhead For Boise River Stocking

Idaho fisheries managers expect to open the fish trap at Hells Canyon Dam on Nov. 2 and will hopefully have enough fish available for the Boise River.

IDFG needs to trap about 600 steelhead to replenish hatcheries with fertilized eggs. If there are more than 600 steelhead trapped, which is possible this fall, the surplus fish are divided evenly between Idaho, Oregon and tribal fisheries.

Last year was rare because it was an extremely low steelhead return, and there were not enough steelhead to bring any to the Boise River. This year’s run is looking better, and fisheries managers are hopeful.

After the trap is opened in early November, and if fish become available, managers will schedule and publicize stocking dates for the Boise River, which traditionally have occurred before Thanksgiving.

Anglers who would like to be directly notified can sign up for Fish and Game’s email newsletters at https://idfg.idaho.gov

— CBB, Nov. 27, 2019, FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS NO STEELHEAD AVAILABLE FOR STOCKING IN BOISE RIVER, TRAPPED FISH NEEDED FOR BROODSTOCK https://www.cbbulletin.com/for-first-time-in-20-years-no-steelhead-available-for-stocking-in-boise-river-trapped-fish-needed-for-broodstock/

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