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Idaho Fish and Game will stock more than 250 steelhead in the Boise River Thursday, November 15, the second and last steelhead stocking of the year.
The fish will be released in the river from the Glenwood Bridge to Barber Park. Because of their size - six to 12 pounds - the actual number of steelhead stocked will depend on the capacity of the tanker truck hauling the fish from Oxbow Hatchery on the Snake River.
Besides a fishing license, anglers hoping to tangle with one of the hatchery steelhead need a $12.75 steelhead permit, good for 20 fish. Though required in other steelhead waters, barbless hooks are not required for Boise River steelhead angling.
All steelhead stocked in the Boise River will lack an adipose fin (the small fin normally found immediately behind the dorsal fin). Boise River anglers catching a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches that lacks an adipose fin should consider the fish a steelhead.
Any steelhead caught by an angler without a valid steelhead permit must immediately be returned to the water. Steelhead limits on the Boise River are three fish per day, nine in possession and 20 for the fall season.
For information about the Boise River steelhead release, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 or check the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.