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Hells Canyon & Oxbow Reservoirs
Bass fishing is still decent on both reservoirs. Crappie fishing is still going on in Oxbow and the fish are a little bigger by average then Brownlee but you won't catch nearly as many. The trout fishing is still hit and miss on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir but anglers are still catching a few decent sized fish.
High Mountain Lake & Streams
This is absolutely the best time to go mountain fishing. Small crowds, hungry fish and beautiful fall colors. Stream fishing the pocket water for trout with any dry fly imitation spun with either elk or deer hair is still a good way to go but bait or spinners work too. Lake fishermen are catching fish using wet and dry flies, spinners or bait, but be sure and check the regulations for each stream and lake you're fishing before setting the hook. Some bodies of water have special regulations and restrictions on tackle and bag limits.
Anglers are still catching smaller trout. Try using worms or marshmallows but Powerbait works best to catch fish from shore. Boat fishermen are doing a little better using small spinners and pop gear trailed with bait. Fly fishermen do best with slow sink lines using Stayner Ducktails or olive colored leeches, Woolly Worms and Woolly Buggers.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
Wilson Springs Pond was stocked last week with 500 catchable trout so fishing should still be good. Other reservoirs and streams throughout Idaho's southwest region will continue to be stocked throughout September depending on river/lake/pond conditions. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
The lake is now a little less than 13 feet down and rising. The only boat ramp available is at the east-side ramp by the park off the Upper Dam. Be cautious boating because of the shallow water. Anglers are still catching bass around both dam faces, across the Equalizer and off Gott's Point and anywhere else you can find some underwater structure. Most of the fish are being caught using plastic jigs or pig n' jigs, but shallow diving crankbaits or lipless crankbaits will also work well to catch fish. Other anglers are still catching a few bluegill, an occasional crappie and they're still catching catfish. Note: The lake will be closed to motorized boats after September 30th.
The reservoir water levels are holding their own at about 80 feet down. Some boat anglers are still launching their boats but it sounds like a four-wheel drive and light weight boat is your best bet to avoid problems. Bass and crappie fishing is still hanging on and should remain fair for the next few weeks or so depending on the weather. For more information on boat launching conditions call the Malheur County Sheriff's Department at 541-473-5126 and ask to speak to the Marine Sheriff for the latest details.
Fly fishing continues to be decent. The trico hatch will start to wind down but and midges coming off as usual in the morning and then later in the day the BWO's and Mahogany Duns are hatching from midafternoon toward evening. The flows are still fairly clear and steady at just under 150 cfs. which is great for wading and sight fishing but don't count on this lasting much longer. The dam operators are considering closing the levels down to winter flows to aid in filling the reservoir, which is at record low levels.
Smallmouth fishing continues to improve most everywhere along the river. However as usual the aquatic vegetation is bad so you'll need to situate yourself so you can fish in between the weed beds or find some open back eddies. Try drifting various plastics to catch fish but don't hesitate to toss a topwater plug or jerkbait in between the weeds. Anglers are also still catching catfish using stinkbait, worms and or crickets.
Trout fishing is still holding on for a few bank fishermen but boat anglers are doing best. Bank fishermen are still using Powerbait or worms to catch both rainbows and brook trout while trollers are doing well catching trout using small spinners and baited pop gear. Fly fishermen can also catch fish on various small streamer flies, Woolly Worms and nymphs.
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