Idaho paying anglers to keep rainbow trout
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Anglers fishing the South Fork of the Snake River could soon be getting paid to keep rainbow trout.
The cash-for-rainbow program is the latest management tool aimed at helping preserve native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a species struggling to keep pace with rainbows.
The payment program is sponsored by Trout Unlimited and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Earlier this year, state biologists implanted tiny tags in the noses of 570 rainbows. Each tagged rainbow carries a monetary award ranging from $5 to $1,000.
State biologists will scan fish on the final Friday of each month. Many fly anglers prefer to catch and release trout as a way to preserve the species. But Trout Unlimited project manager Matt Woodward says keeping rainbows in this case is the best thing for helping cutthroats.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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