Despite low flows in mid-May, Fish and Game biologists were still able to conduct their 25th population estimate in the Box Canyon reach of the Henrys Fork Snake River. This estimate is conducted in May on an annual basis and extends from the confluence with the Buffalo River downstream about 2.5 miles. Based on our long-term dataset extending back to 1994, the population estimate in Box Canyon this year (4,209 RBT/mile) is among the top 5 highest on record.
As scheduled, Fish and Game staff completed 24 days of electrofishing from April 19 through May 27. We maintained our plan by shocking Monday through Thursday at four reaches described in Table 1. We typically launched the electrofishing boats by 8:30 a.m. and concluded daily removals by 3:00 p.m., though we started later (10:00 a.m.) on Mondays to avoid crowding with boat anglers below Palisades Dam.
Artist Helen Seay transforms the restrooms at Henrys Lake into works of art. For more details, check out the original story.