Nearly 48,000 rainbow trout will be stocked in eastern Idaho waters this month

The following is a press release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

IDAHO FALLS – Spring weather in southeastern Idaho has been a bit moody lately, but remember that snowflakes and raindrops make for happy fish – and anglers too!

Check out what's in store for the month of May in the Southeast region. Nearly 48,000 catchable size rainbow trout!

Here's a quick summary of what you need to know about some of these fun fishing opportunities!

Bear River below Oneida Dam – 3,000 rainbow trout. These fish are stocked in the scenic portion of the Oneida Narrows River below the dam. This popular stretch of river offers the longest continuous public access along the entire Bear River.

Blackfoot Reservoir – 19,000 rainbow trout. Blackfoot Reservoir is located approximately 16 miles north of Soda Springs. When full, it covers an area of ​​17,000 hectares, making it the second largest reservoir in the Southeast region! Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow bass, cutthroat and smallmouth bass in these waters. The Bureau of Land Management manages a campground near the reservoir with 16 developed sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also day-use picnic areas. Other amenities include a boat ramp, potable water, electric hookups, fire pits, and vault toilets.

Dingle gravel pond – 1,000 rainbow trout. This pond is located next to the Bear River east of Dingle in Bear Lake County.

Jensen Grove Park Pond – 2,500 rainbow trout. This 55-acre pond is located in Jensen Grove Park on the Greenbelt in the heart of Blackfoot. The park's activities and amenities include swimming, boating, jet skiing, a skate park, playground, restrooms and picnic areas.

Kelly Park Pond (above) – 500 rainbow trout. Located in Soda Springs at Arthur Kelly Park, the pond is just a short walk away but offers great fishing for anglers of all ages. Lace up your boots, grab your fishing rods and take the kids on a nature walk!

Montpelier breeding pond – 500 rainbow trout. This small fishing spot is tucked away in a scenic high desert canyon in the hills east of Montpelier. It's a great place to go fishing with children.

Montpelier Reservoir – 5,000 rainbow trout. This reservoir is located in the hills east of Montpelier at an elevation of 6,500 feet. It has very basic facilities but offers a variety of fish species in a quiet, rural setting.

Stocking in all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (safety concerns for anglers). Dates may change due to weather or staffing shortages.

If you need detailed information about Idaho's waters, fish species, facilities, maps and rules, check out the Idaho Fishing Planner on the Fish and Game website.

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