Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The rumor mill has it that some nice trout are being caught but after our latest snow flurry the road might not be healed up enough to make the trip worth while. Four-wheel drive would be highly recommended. Anglers were reportedly catching fish using colored mini marshmallows and PowerBait, but I suspect worms will work.
The river flows have dropped back down to near normal flows over the weekend, but no telling for how long? At just under 300 cfs, its good for wading so go back to fishing the bottom of the riffles drifting worms, bright colored salmon eggs or PowerBait for trout. Also try fishing small spoons or spinners slow into the deeper pools. Fly fishermen seem to do best using nymph patterned flies like a #12-16 Prince Nymphs to catch both trout and whitefish. Bigger streamers, spinners, big ole' nightcrawlers or shrimp should catch the bigger trout or stocked hatchery steelhead, if there are any left.
This weekend is the 3rd Annual Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Derby on Cascade. So if you haven't cut your teeth yet on some of Idaho's great ice fishing - this weekend would be a great time to learn. For more information and to get registered go online to: www.hardwaterclassic.com. Fishing has really taken off and this weekend should be perfect for catching fish and staying warm with project sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-40's and light winds. Anglers have been catching nice sized trout on the south end of the lake and even some anglers have been catching a few of those monster perch like were caught last year. Will the Idaho State Record fall again this year or the World Record? Only time will tell but my money is on a new record. C'est la vie. Ice jigs and spoons like the Swedish Pimple and Mack's Lure's Sonic Baitfish can be deadly; or baited Glo Hooks tipped with a worm, maggots or cut bait will all work to catch fish.
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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 a little icy and with some snow still on the ground in the shaded areas wading can be slippery. 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.
Ice is 7-8 inches in most areas and with the projected warmer weather coming this weekend it looks like a great time to go ice fishing. The road should be plowed and the fish should be hungry. You probably won't catch any big trout here, but you will catch fish, and that's a good thing. Bring your lawn chairs, ice auger and gear and go drill some holes. Baited ice jigs and spoons will catch fish.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
Wilson Springs pond was scheduled to be stocked this week with catchable sized trout, weather and water conditions permitting. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Ice fishermen have been catching a lot of perch but you have to mind your rod, the fish not exactly taking the rod tip down. Anglers are also catching a few decent sized trout, most are fishing in the West Magic Bay with cut bait or worms for perch and ice jigs and spoons for trout.
The flows out of the dam continue to run at about 10 cfs. The ice is a problem in some areas but there is still some fishable water. However with the water being very low the fish are spooky and with fewer hatches coming off fishing has been slow. Even though the browns have spawned their redds are still vulnerable to wading so please stay out of the riffles.
Ice fishing is underway and some knowledge anglers have been catching a few nice sized lake trout. Last year there were some big fish caught through the ice using rubber jigs and big jigging spoons.
South Fork of the Boise River
Fly fishermen are continuing to cast to rising fish wit Blue Winged Olive imitations or tiny midge patterns. However most of the time fish are being caught with small streamers or nymphs. Flows are running around 300 cfs. which is good for wading and stocking feeding fish. Remember it's catch and release only for the trout but this time of year the South Fork can be a great fishery for whitefish.
Anglers are still reporting some good ice fishing for trout. Most are using worms and PowerBait, but a good ice jig tipped with bait will work too.
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