Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
Anderson Ranch Reservoir
Anglers are still catching kokanee trolling anywhere from 15-35 feet. Sometimes the mountain weather plays a factor on the bite depending on the time of day and cloud cover. Most are anglers are trolling darker colored pop rigs early in the day then switching to lighter brighter colors after the starts beating on the water. Fish are averaging 12-14 inches with some up to 17 inches. Be advised the Fish & Game transplanted some Chinook to help thin out the over abundance of kokanee and to provide an additional fishing opportunity. Be sure and check your regulations for harvest these fish or release them unharmed so they can do there intended job. Bass fishing has been decent using topwater plugs and jerkbaits fished around the rocky points and banks early in the morning, and Rattle Trap type baits and plastics work well during the day.
The flows dropped today down to 870 cfs. and may drop even further. At these flows fishing should improve with a lot of recently stocked fish.. There are also plenty of holdover trout still swimming around. The bugs are hatching fairly well so this may be a close place to get in a few hours fishing time after work. If you go take along an assortment of dry flies and a few nymphs or streamers, and if you're a bait fisherman worms or salmon eggs will work and if you're more into lures then small spinners might do the trick.
The reservoir is about 10 feet from full. Anglers continued catching lots of bass. Anglers are also still catching 10 inch crappie just inside the Powder River and in some places in the main channel.. Most anglers are using small jigs tipped with PowerBait Crappie Nibbles to catch the crappie. If you go fishing for bass try using soft plastics fished off the deep side of the rocky points and steeper banks to 25 feet. If you're a real early bird then don't hesitate to throw a topwater plug like Pop R or a buzzbait. The catfishermen are catching fish using stinkbait but worms will catch fish too.
The reservoir levels are continuing to drop and will be about 7 feet down by this weekend. French Creek boat ramp is at its end, otherwise all other ramps should be usable including Sugarloaf. Bass fishing has been good for the most part but some days the fish just seem to disappear then they magically show up the next. Anglers are mostly using plastics in around 15-25 feet or with topwater plugs fished earlier in the day off shallow structures, long points and rocky shorelines. Anglers are also still catching some nice sized perch, but even they can be finicky from day to day. Some fish are being caught in 20-24 feet while others are still finding them in the weed beds in 12-14 feet, mostly on the West Side of the lake. The trout fishing from shore remains has improved but boat anglers are doing a little better catching a few decent trout trolling or tossing bait. Trolling for kokanee should get better as time passes.
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High Mountain Lakes and Streams
You name the stream, the lake, the pond or the creek and they are all fishing well right now. All you need is light tackle and a worm, grasshopper, a terrestrial patterned fly or your favorite spinner to catch fish. However be sure and check the fishing regulations before you tie on your favorite bait because there are some restrictive tackle regulations regarding some of our more popular lakes and streams. The weather is predicted to be cooler but clear through the weekend in the local mountains so this would be a good time to get in another camping trip with the kids before school starts back up.
The reservoir opened to salvage fishing last Saturday, July 18 and will remain that way through Tuesday, October 20. The Department will begin draining the reservoir on September 8th after most of the angling season is over. Worms, marshmallows and PowerBait from shore or by boat will catch fish along with trolling with small spinners, pop gear and brown or olive Woolly Buggers. There are nice campsites with shade and boat launches.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
The Idaho Fish & Game is going to continue stocking catchable sized fish in numerous streams, lakes and ponds throughout the Southwest Region and all other regions of Idaho throughout the month of July. Besides Wilson Creek and Pond, Silver Creek, the Middle of the Payette River and the North Fork of the Boise River will all receive some fish, especially the North Fork which will get 2000 fish planted this week. Tripod Reservoir, Goose Creek and a little closer to home Rowlands Pond are all also scheduled to be stocked this week. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
A few bass anglers are still catching smaller bass tossing plastics just outside the shoreline structure or buzzing frogs around the Smartweed. The best fishing is still early or late in the day but some fish are being caught pitching creature baits in the open pockets between the Smartweed during the day. The catfish are still biting on worms or stinkbait and a few bluegill are being caught using foam spiders and feather jigs.
Lucky Peak & Arrowrock Reservoirs
Anglers are finding some decent kokanee fishing in both reservoirs, but the fish are scattered and the bite is on and off so you have to be persistent and consistent if you want to catch fish. Small pop gear or a dodger trailed by a baited Hoochie or Wedding Ring should do the trick. Look for the fish to be anywhere from 10-25 feet depending on the time of day and sunlight penetration.
Mann's Creek Reservoir
Angelrs are still using bait from shore to catch a few fish but boat anglers are catching a few more fish trolling small spinners and flatfish. Remember there are some bass lurking in Mann's Creek so don't hesitate to bring along a few bass plugs and plastic worms.
Crappie fishing remains decent off steep rock walls, deep coves or points and the few docks you can still find that are still in the water. The only ramp available is the old resort ramp, and although its been widened and straightened it's still not for the faint of heart. It's a long way to the bottom and once you get there your trailer might actually be launching from the gravel so the use of a 4X4 is recommended. The usual red and white crappie jig works just fine but just about any crappie jig will work. Bass anglers are catching most of their fish jigging off ledges and drop-offs around the steeper banks, deeper points and humps. Early mornings or especially late evening into dark seems to be the best time to fish.
Fishing is still fair with mostly PMD's, Caddis and small Callibaetis and BWO's are also still showing up along with terrestrials fishing should hold but all you need is a place to fish, the right size and color fly and you might catch a fish or two. Flows are running at about 160 cfs. or so, which continues to make it difficult to stock and cast to feeding fish, so stealth is still going to be the most important approach.
Sage Hen Reservoir
Bank anglers are still catching a few fish using the usual PowerBait, marshmallows and worms, but you might try using a Chartreuse PowerBait Egg on a short leader under a bobber, especially early in the morning or late in the day. Trollers are also catching fish using small pop gear and spinners. Tubers and pontoon boaters are catching their fish stripping olive and black nymphs and various colored Woolly Buggers.
The river flows continue to be low for this time of year which helps concentrate the fish but it's contributing to the moss and aquatic plant problem. The bass are still very active as are the catfish and you'll find them in open back eddies or along the river channel in between the weedlines. Bass are taking plastics but don't hesitate to toss spinners or even topwater, especially early or late in the day. Again, catfish aren't that picky, worms, chicken livers, store bought stinkbait or your own concoction will all catch fish.
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