Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
Bank fishermen are still catching a few rainbows using PowerBait or marshmallows and worms. The trout should be cruising the shoreline for a little while longer. Trollers are also picking up trout and some kokanee. Dodgers with a baited Hoochie tailer works best. With rain in the forecast the road back into the reservoir might be slimy and rutty so proceed with caution.
The flows will be running at above 800 cfs. by this weekend. Higher flows means fewer access points but if you can find your way to the water there are plenty of trout to catch. This time of year you will find trout either feeding shallow or taking a break from the midday sun which means they will be anywhere from the head of the riffles on into the deeper pools. Consequently it's best to fish the entire water column by drift fishing your bait, spinner or fly all along the way. There is some dry fly action with mostly BWO and Caddis hatches coming off late afternoon into evening and fly fishermen are also catching fish using bead-headed nymph patterns like the Prince and Pheasant Tail Nymph or a small or large brown or olive Wooly Bugger.
The reservoir levels are fairly consistent at around 20 feet down, which is great for fishing. Anglers are catching plenty of smallmouth using soft plastics, crankbaits or jerkbaits. The fish are being caught off rocky points and banks adjacent to mudflats and coves. Anglers are also catching some decent sized crappie using small jigs and perch using cut bait. The catfish are fairly shallow and might even hit a crankbait, but stinkbait or nightcrawlers is still your best bait. All the Hells Canyon Complex which also includes Oxbow and Hells Canyon Reservoirs have also been fishing excellent for bass, some crappie, catfish and even the trout fishing has been decent on Oxbow Reservoir. There are plenty of camping facilities so this the place to get in some great all around spring-time fishing.
Boat anglers are having the best luck these days as the reservoir is starting to turn on for both perch and bass anglers. Most of the perch so far are being caught in the north end in about 15-20 feet By this report the water temperatures should be getting high enough that the bass fishing should be getting better by the day. Trout fishing from shore has been slow but a few trollers have been picking up some fish using small pop gear. Most ramps are available except French Creek and possibly Buttercup ramp. The reservoir is still a little less than 5 feet from full.
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Duck Valley Reservoirs
The latest reports out of Mountain View Reservoir have been good and as long the temperatures hold and wind doesn't get out of hand the fishing should continue to improve. Anglers are catching fish from shore and various fishing boats. Most bank fishermen on Mountain View were using PowerBait and marshmallows or nightcrawlers, and the fly casters are using olive/brown nymph patterns to catch their fish. Not many reports coming from Lake Billy Shaw or Sheep Creek, not sure what to make of that?
Hagerman Wildlife Management Area
The Hagerman Valley and surrounding area has many local spring-fed ponds and streams that remain open year-round. When the weather permits the Malad offers some decent winter dry fly fishing opportunities for trout. Clear Lake at the Country Club Golf Course is better suited for inclement weather and stays open year around. For the latest fishing information on Clear Lake call 208-543-4849. It costs $10 a day to fish. For more information on the Magic Valley Region call the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game at 208-324-4359.
Bank anglers are still catching decent numbers of fish when the weather cooperates. Most are using worms, marshmallows or PowerBait, but spinners and flies from a watercraft will catch fish as well.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
From the first of this week until the end of April the Idaho Fish & Game has scheduled trout stocking in numerous reservoir locations to include Mann's Creek Reservoir and Lucky Peak Reservoir. Other locations include Eagle Island Park Pond, McDevitt Pond, Riverside Pond, the Payette Greenbelt Pond, Weiser Community Pond, Ed's Pond, the Payette River (Plaza Bridge), Sawyer's Pond, and Wilson Pond. By the end of April Park Center Pond, Williams Pond and Ten Mile Pond are also scheduled to be stocked. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
The reservoir is now open to motorized boating and fishing has gotten off to a great start. Bass anglers are catching lots of fish either pitching or flipping crawdad patterns to the submerged willows or fan casting swimbaits and spinnerbaits just outside the tree line. Anglers are also catching catfish, some crappie and a few bluegill. Be advised this year there are new boating restrictions in the form of increased no-wake zones to include the entire south side, an expansion of the east no-wake area and additional areas midlake and other sections scattered around the lake. My observation this past weekend is that there are a lot of folks that are either not familiar with the new restrictions, or ignoring them. Either way, it's your ticket, so it may behoove you to check the new boating regulations before your next trip.
Lower Salmon Falls Reservoir
Anglers were catching decent numbers of trout from shore using worms and marshmallows while trollers were picking up trout and some walleye. The bass fishing has also improved so fishing all around is worth a look here if you haven't ventured this far down south.
Bank fishermen are still picking up a few nice trout and boat anglers are still hauling in a few 3 pounders, when the wind isn't blowing. Bait is best from shore but the trollers are dragging gold Rapalas, spoons and some are using brass colored Ford Fender trailing a Wedding Ring to catch their fish.
Bass fishing continues to be decent for prespawn largemouth and smallmouth. Try using crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits along with soft plastics fished between 12 feet and the bank along rocky cove banks and points. A few fishermen are also catching some crappie and catfish. The reservoir levels will begin to give way to the irrigation season so the Day Ramp will only be available for a short time. The only other ramp available is the old resort ramp at the end of the road.
Bass anglers are enjoying some great fishing up and down the river from C.J. Strike Reservoir down stream to the Oregon line. Soft plastics seem to work best but if you can find some rocky shores crankbaits or spinnerbaits will also catch fish. The catfish are also starting to get more active with our warming days, stinkbait usually works best but plain ole' nighcrawlers will catch fish too.
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