A Buhl fisherman Denny Jones won $1,000 in Idaho Power’s most recent jaw-tagged trout drawing.
Jones, a semi-retired contractor, said he hadn’t done much fishing over the past 10 years. But when his wife retired recently, the couple began spending more time angling along the Snake River. They like the area near Bell Rapids because of the easy access and the fact that river flows there keep the water from freezing in the winter.
That’s where they were back in December and January when Denny Jones landed one of the tagged fish that turned out to be the winner. He reported the jaw tag and was entered into Idaho Power’s twice-annual drawing.
Each year, Idaho Power stocks trout in the Middle Snake River at locations from C.J. Strike Reservoir east to Centennial Park near Twin Falls. The most recent release came in late February and early March with 72,000 pan-sized rainbow trout put into the river. A few thousand of those fish have jaw tags that can earn anglers a chance at $1,000 by calling toll-free, 1-800-388-6011.
“The jaw-tag program helps Idaho Power and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game keep tabs on how many fish are being caught and where,” said Idaho Power biologist Ben Reingold. To maximize the number of fish caught by anglers, Idaho Power adjusts the number of fish released at several locations along the Middle Snake River based in part on the information gathered from anglers who report catching tagged fish.
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Fishing at C.J. Strike Reservoir – photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman