Major Trout Stocking Event Announced

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has unveiled plans to freshen the fish population by stocking approximately 7,600 catchable-sized rainbow trout across various lakes and ponds statewide this February. This initiative aims to enhance fishing opportunities and maintain the state's reputation as a prime destination for anglers.

Family-Friendly Fishing Opportunities

Ideal for families and easy to access, these fishing locations offer a perfect chance for beginners and seasoned anglers alike. With a valid fishing license – $30 for adults, $16 for juniors aged 14-17, and free for children under 14 – anyone can enjoy these well-stocked fisheries. Licenses can be purchased through Fish and Game's online vendor.

Matthew Mcbrayer
Matthew Mcbrayer

Tips for Catching Rainbow Trout

Fishing for stocked rainbow trout is an excellent way for new anglers to dive into the sport. Anglers can find helpful diagrams for basic bait rigs on the Learn to Fish webpage.

Know the Rules

While most Idaho waters are open for fishing throughout the year, you are advised to familiarize yourself with the specific regulations of each location. The 2022-2024 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules Booklet provides detailed information on season dates, special regulations, and bag limits.

Regional Highlights: Magic Valley Stocked Ponds:

Here are some waters throughout the Twin Falls area that will be getting a supply of fresh fish in February.

Crystal Springs Lake

This location will see 600 rainbow trout added. Shoreline fishing near the outflow is recommended, but float tubes can provide access to areas where trout gather in the vegetation.

Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond

A short drive from Twin Falls, these ponds are set to receive 900 rainbow trout. Filer Kids Pond caters exclusively to children 12 and under, while Filer Pond is open to anglers of all ages. Both ponds boast excellent access and are frequently stocked.

Freedom Park Pond

Freedom Park Pond in Burley will be stocked with 500 rainbow trout, making it an ideal spot for family outings and introducing children to the joys of fishing.

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