Stocking Catfish in Milner Reservoir

Stocking Catfish in Milner Reservoir


(truck engine) – [Host] They aren’t
much to look at and they don’t grab anglers
attention like trout, steelhead, salmon, and bass do. But plenty of catfish
lurk in the Snake River. (fish splashing) The right bait and a little
patience can land a lunker. Idaho Power stocks around
20,000 channel cats at Milner Reservoir near
Burley each year. Most are just six
to eight inches long when they are released,
but they grow quickly. Since 2016 the company
has worked with the Idaho Department of Fish
and Game to tag hundreds of the fish we release.
– 277 – [Host] Some of the
tags are worth $50. Anglers who report
catching tagged fish also help to support
future stocking efforts. Putting fish in the
river is one way Idaho Power meets
its requirements to provide recreational
opportunities as part of its license to operate the Milner Dam Hydroelectric
Power Plant. – [John Anderson] We supply,
you know, the fish and people actually angle
for ’em and catch ’em and they enjoy catching them. So it’s a win for Idaho Power, it’s a win for the
people live here and it’s a win for
Idaho Fish and Game. – [Host] Reporting for
E-News this is Brad Bowlin with videographers Joe
Jaszewski and Lon Van Wyck.

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