Utility is Releasing Millions of Fishby Staff
Lewiston Tribune, March 25, 2004
BOISE -- Millions of young salmon and steelhead from Idaho Power Co. hatcheries are pouring into mountain rivers for their migration to the ocean.
This week, the electrical utility began releasing the smolts from tanker trucks into the Snake, Pahsimeroi and Little Salmon rivers.
About 500,000 spring chinook salmon were hauled to the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam. An additional 300,000 were sent to the Little Salmon.
They will join two million spring chinook leaving the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins, and another one million from the Pahsimeroi Hatchery near Challis.
Monday, the company began taking nearly two million steelhead smolts to the Snake and Pahsimeroi rivers.
Two trucks will run seven days a week until early May, each hauling 5,000 pounds of the sea-run rainbow trout each day.
The Oxbow and Pahsimeroi hatcheries have a total steelhead egg production goal of more than 2.5 million.
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