Dale Boll of Jerome caught the tagged fish near Bell Rapids this summer on one of his frequent outings. “I fish there quite a bit, actually. We can always catch fish down there,” Boll said.
He reported the jaw tag and was entered into Idaho Power’s twice-annual drawing. When notified of his prize just days before the beginning of duck-hunting season, he knew just where the money would go.
“I bought a new shotgun,” he said.
Boll has been fishing various locations on the Snake River for about 30 years, usually from his boat or float tube.
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 October with 72,000 pan-sized rainbow trout released. A few thousand of those fish have jaw tags that can earn anglers a chance at $1,000 by calling (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 Mid-Snake River based in part on the information gathered from anglers who report catching tagged fish. Get more information HERE