Morning News-Lisa Lete
Friday afternoon was gray and blustery; however, the water slowly but surely flowing into Jensen Grove lake is a sign of warmer and happier days ahead. The lake is filling up about 15 days earlier than usual this year and should be completely filled in about 10 days.
BLACKFOOT â€” It's a sure sign of summertime fun in Blackfoot. The headgates are open and water is now filling the lake at Jensen Grove.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said that this year's filling of the lake is starting about two weeks earlier than last year.
"Right now the reservoirs are in good shape and we can take advantage of the natural water flow coming from the Snake River until the irrigation season starts," he said.
Virtue said it will take about 10 days to completely fill the lake.
Once the lake is full, David Teuscher, Regional Fishery Manager for Idaho Fish & Game, has confirmed that the department is ready to stock the lake with fish for recreational fishing. Teuscher reminds the public that a fishing license is required to fish on the lake and that standing fishing rules apply.
Jensen Grove offers fishing and other recreational activities throughout the season as long as there is water in the lake.
Virtue said that water availability for the lake is looking to be decent this year; however, much of the season is still contingent on the spring runoff and the amount of moisture received this spring.