City of Idaho Falls opens up new fishing pond at Ryder Park

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Anglers in southeast Idaho will have a new place to fish.

The City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is opening a second fishing pond at Ryder Park Thursday, September 7. Officials say the second pond came as a response to a high demand at Becker Pond after anglers reeled in 28,000 hours of fishing per year.

“That’s a lot of activity – about half of what nearby Ririe Reservoir gets in an entire year,” Dan Garren, Regional Fisheries Manager, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Upper Snake Regional Office, said. “To put that in perspective, if you were an angler and you fished for 28,000 hours, it would take you over 13 years to fish that long, if you put in a 40-hour week of fishing. To say Becker Pond is popular is probably an understatement for a single acre of fishable water.”

Both ponds will be stocked with thousands of fish. Officials are reminding the public that a fishing license is required for anyone 14 or older and the daily bag limit is two fish.

The media and public are invited to join officials as the first fish are stocked by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Thursday, September 7 at 11 a.m.