Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
In all likelihood there are probably still some steelhead available to catch in the river; plenty of stocked and native rainbows and some decent whitefish to catch. The river flows continue to run about normal so access and fishing should continue to good through the holidays. Our warmer wet weather hasn't really affected the fishing so look for fish to be traveling back and forth between the riffles into the deeper runs and pools. Try drifting worms, bright colored salmon eggs or PowerBait for trout and small spoons or spinners will catch both trout and steelhead. Fly fishermen seem to do best using nymph patterns like a #12-16 Prince Nymphs to catch both trout and whitefish, while bigger streamers, big ole' nightcrawlers, shrimp, or spinners will also catch the steelhead.
The water levels continue to hover at about 2-3 feet down. Anglers are still catching some crappie using small jig headed grubs or tubebaits fished deep of the steeper banks and ledges. Most of the fish are being caught near the mouth of the Powder River Arm, some towards the dam and a few other locations where there are steeper banks. Bass fishing is slow but the trout fishing should continue to be fair if you know where look. All the boat ramps are available.
If you know where to fish bank anglers are still catching fish due to the continued warmer than normal weather. What once looked like the ice was forming around the lake has now receded leaving some good bank fishing opportunities. Consequently anglers are catching some nice sized trout. With some wet and continued warmer than normal temperatures in the forecast bank fishing will probably hold on for another week, maybe two. Before you go it might be a good idea call Tackle Tom's at 208-382-4367 for the latest on the weather and reservoir conditions.
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Hagerman Wildlife Management Area
The Hagerman Valley and surrounding area has many local spring-fed ponds and streams that remain open year-round. The Malad River is still open and offers some decent fly fishing opportunities for trout, as does the lake on the Clear Lake Country Club Golf Course. For the latest fishing information on Clear Lake call 208-543-4849. It costs $10 a day to fish and the lake is stocked several times during the winter to entice anglers to spend some time in the Magic Valley. Throughout the Hagerman area you can fish for trout, bass, crappie and catfish. There are even springs along the Snake River that allow fishing throughout the coldest winter months. For more information contact the Magic Valley Region of the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game at 208-324-4359.
Ice anglers are going to have to continue to wait a while longer before the ice is safe enough to fish on. With the fish population this lake has fishing should be as good if not better than it was last year. We'll keep you posted when it's time to break out the augers, hot cocoa and Thinsulate coveralls.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
Wilson pond and creek was scheduled to be stocked again this week along with the Park Center Pond, Quinn's Pond, Riverside Pond, Veteran's Park Pond and Williams Park Pond. Wilson Springs and the pond will continue to be stocked through December into next year with catchable sized trout, weather and water conditions permitting. As long as they remain ice-free most of the Treasure Valley ponds can provide some great trout fishing opportunities though the holiday season. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Flows are drastically low and even though most of the browns have completed spawning they're still vulnerable so fishing here is at you own discretion. Anglers have been reporting some decent fishing midday with a fair number of bugs coming off, but they're small, very small and with low and very clear water conditions the fish are spooky and even harder to catch than normal.
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