BOISE, Idaho — Around 250 steelhead were added to the Boise River earlier this month, and on Wednesday an additional 200 fish were released. These fish were all released in equal numbers at five different locations including Glenwood Bridge, Americana Bridge, below the Broadway Avenue Bridge, at West Parkcenter Bridge and Barber Park.
In addition to a fishing license, those hoping to catch one of these fish will also need a steelhead permit. Each permit allows the owner up to 20 fish with a two fish per day limit.
Anglers on the Boise River that catch a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches that lack an adipose fin (the small fin normally found immediately behind the dorsal fin) should consider the fish a steelhead.
"I've lived here all my life, and I wait for these few weeks out of the year to come down and go steelhead fishing. It takes different experience to catch the steelhead over the trout, and they put a lot of planters in as well so kids can catch them and get the feel of wanting to fish, instead of hanging out in their rooms all day. Blue skies, no wind, it's going to work out pretty good for me. I got a feeling I'm going to do all right today." Said Rodney Thomson, a local angler.
Any steelhead caught by an angler without a steelhead permit must be immediately returned to the river.
For more information regarding the Boise River steelhead release, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office.