Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Steelhead to be Released in Boise on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

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Anglers, prepare your rods: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will release more than 250 steelhead salmon in the Boise River on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Fish and Game will release the fish—each weighing in at between 6 and 12 pounds—at five locations along the river between the Glenwood Bridge and Barber Park. If you're one of the poor saps who can't rush out in the middle of a Thursday afternoon to go fishing, you might not have missed your chance to land a steelhead—more releases are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 1, depending on the weather.

So, what's it take to try your luck at steelhead fishing? Well, a valid fishing license is a good start, but you'll also need a steelhead permit ($12.75). Anglers can use either barbed or barbless hooks on the Boise River. Limits are three per day and nine fish in possession, with a statewide season limit of 20.

If you're questioning if you've actually hooked a stocked steelhead, remember that all steelhead released in the Boise are missing their adipose fin (the fin usually found just behind the dorsal fin). All the fish being released are hatchery steelhead that have returned to the Oxbow Hatchery on the Snake River.

For more info, call the Nampa Fish and Game office at 208-465-8465 or visit the website.

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