Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
River flows are still running around 900 cfs. which is still very fishable for waders. With plenty of stocked, holdover and native trout, or possibly a few planted Chinook salmon lurking within the city limits of town. So if you can't manage to get out town this is great urban fishery to try out this week. Try using spinners, eggs and worms to catch both trout and salmon. Fly anglers are still having fair success using PMD, terrestrials and caddis patterns; larger streamers might also catch a Chinook.
The reservoir levels are starting to stabilize a little and should be around 22-24 feet down for this weekend. The Farewell Bend ramp is not advisable but the Spring Recreation Camp boat ramp is available but may be marginal, especially for larger heavy boats. If you go you'll have no problem catching the smaller bass but if you're fishing from a boat and can find some schools of baitfish you might be able to entice a bigger fish into biting. They are often suspended just below the school's of baitfish and they usually won't turn down a tasty morsel directed their way. Try crawdad and minnow colored plastics and lipless crankbaits in and around the deeper coves and steeper points and banks; topwater plugs will also work, especially early in the morning. Crappie fishing can still be pretty good if you can find a place deep enough to hold and fish, up to 40 feet and that's not slimy with that green algae crap. Catfishing is still fair, biting on the usual, stinkbaits, crickets and worms and right now night fishing is where it's at.
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Bass fishing is still best early and late in the day. To catch bass try to fish tight to the remaining cover by pitching and flipping plastic worms and jigs or buzzing plastic frogs or buzzbaits throughout the remaining willow and Smartweed structure.
Local Ponds and Streams
Earlier this week and next the Idaho Fish & Game is scheduled to stock fish in Wilson Creek and Pond, the Middle Fork of the Payette River, Silver Creek, Martin Lake, the Lowman Ponds and Little Bull Trout Lake #1-2, and later the North Fork of the Boise River and both the upper and lower Boise River here in the valley. For more stocking information go to the Idaho Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Mountain Lakes & Streams
High mountain lake and stream fishing really won't get any better than it is right now. Whether you're dry fly fishing, fishing with a small spinner, a cricket or a worm you can catch fish most anywhere there's water. The fish are hungry and catching them is easy, but be sure to check the regulations before heading out because many of Idaho's high mountain lakes and streams have special regulations and tackle restrictions. Also be careful and be sure and check local fire districts for the latest fire and road restrictions.
North & Middle Fork of the Boise River Both rivers are fishing fairly well with plenty of stocked and native fish to go around. Try fishing early and late in the day and try fishing with dry fly stimulator patterns and terrestrial imitations like ants and grasshoppers for the best results. All you need is a casting bubble a spinning rod, some flies and just add water and you'll catch fish. Remember there are special regulations for the Middle Fork from the mouth of the North Fork upstream to Atlanta Dam. The trout limit is 2 fish, none under 14 inches, no bait allowed and barbless hooks required.
Anglers continue catching largemouth and some smallmouth using crankbaits, topwater plugs and jigs. Some fish are still being caught off the steeper rocky points and vertical rock faces and banks but more and more fish are coming off the shallower points and flats. With these high temperatures the fish will be up early in the day then hiding in deep water or shade during the day. The crappie fishing has been decent at times but the fish are still scattered with most of the fish being caught by boaters.
Owyhee River The flows continue still running just above 180 cfs. PMD's are still happening with a few caddis hatches showing along with terrestrials. The best hatches are from midday through to late afternoon into the evening. This time of year is great for surface action and cloudy days still fish the best, whatever that looks like. If you're into dry fly fishing this is the time of year to get after it because a number of different patterns will work to catch fish, which is not always the case, especially on the Owyhee.
Snake River (Swan Falls to Brownlee Reservoir)
Bass fishing is pretty good if you stay away from the aquatic plant life. To avoid most of the moss try fishing off rocky points or drop-offs behind rocky shoals where it's more difficult for the moss to collect. If you can't find a spot clear of debris to fish you can also buzz small spinners over the grassing bays or drag weedless rigged plastic tubebaits and curly-tailed grubs along the weedlines to catch fish. The catfish are still biting, especially toward evening into the night and especially now with the full moon.
Both bank and boat anglers can have success here. Besides plenty of rainbow trout there are lots of brook trout that like to hang out around the Lilly pads and they're usually eager to take just about any morsel you throw at them. Bank fishermen here like to use the usual worms, marshmallows or PowerBait on a drop shot rig which puts the bait just off the bottom. This is usually always a productive way to fish for trout, especially in mountain lakes. Trollers do well using small spinners like Wedding Rings or other small pop gear tipped with some sort of bait like a small piece of worm or maggot.
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