Steelhead Blocked on Snake River
by Associated Press
BOISE -- Idaho Fish and Game officials released 300 four-to-ten pound steelhead in the Boise River last week, and up to 700 more could be released in the coming month in the stretch of water between Glenwood Bridge and Barber Park.
Idaho Fish and Game officials say the fish come from Idaho Power's Oxbow Hatchery fish trap below Hells Canyon Dam. When the dam was built in the 1950s, it blocked salmon and steelhead from swimming any further upstream.
So now, some of the steelhead that get trapped there are trucked up to the Boise River.
Steelhead coordinator Bill Horton says "We're hopeful that this year's hatchery steelhead run will easily allow Oxbow Hatchery personnel to fill their fish quota."
To catch up to 20 of these fish in Idaho, anglers need a fishing license and a $12.75 steelhead permit.
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