By ROBERT S. MERRILL
All local reservoirs will be stocked with catchable trout by Memorial Day weekend if a sharp-billed sea bird cooperates with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
In the recent past, stocking traditionally has occurred soon after ice-off on reservoirs in Franklin County in late March or April. But the double-crested cormorant has started showing up at inland areas across the United States and uses Franklin County as a stop-over area along its migration route.
The bird has impacted local fisheries by delaying stocking efforts. Anglers, who traditionally like to fish just after ice-off, have had to wait for planted fish, said IDFG officials.
“We will have all reservoirs stocked this week. The Bear River will also be stocked. But no fish will be put into Cub River right now because of high water flows,” said David Teuscher, regional fisheries manager based in Pocatello.
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