Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The reservoir levels are slowly coming up and will only be about 13 feet from full by week's end. The trout bite from shore continues to improve, especially on cloudy but stable weather days. Bank fishermen are using PowerBait, worms and marshmallows or small spinners to catch fish. Boat anglers are also starting to find both rainbows and kokanee trolling small pop gear. Again recent rain might have the road back to the reservoir a little sloppy so go prepared. All the boat ramps are available.
The river flows through town have been jumping a little lately with recent rains and are running just above normal. The higher flows haven't been enough to really put off fishing so anglers are still catching fish. Try drifting your bait, lure or fly in the pools, working your way upstream into the riffles. Or try tossing small spinners; fly casting both wet and dry fly patterns as well as drifting various kinds of bait in the same manner. Worms and especially salmon eggs are also great for catching rainbows this time of year. Bead Headed Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail Nymph or dry flies like the BWO's are all good flies that will also catch fish.
Bass fishing has been about like the weather, good for a day or so then everything seems to shut down for a day or so. However even a slow day bass fishing is better than a busy day working. For bass try slow crawling red crawdad colored crankbaits, soft plastic drop shot rigs and brown pig n' jigs to catch fish. The perch fishermen are still catching fish, most of which are coming out of the Powder River Arm. Worms and cut bait are all that's needed here. Crappie fishing is showing signs of improving in between cold fronts but most of the fish are still not moving into the shallows because the water temperatures are still only in the high 40's to low 50's. Red worms, small nighcrawlers, cut bait and red and white jigs with a single Berkley's Crappie Nibble will all work to catch fish. Be advised the ramp at Spring Recration Campground is below the old ramp so there is no safe access.
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Can you say ice-off? It's time ladies and gentlemen for the ice augers to give way to ice-off angling. There is just enough open water to begin the annual search for big cruising rainbows. For the next few weeks anglers are going to be hoping for some cooperation from both the weather and the fish to help ring in spring. Bait and spinners will both catch fish.
Local Ponds and Streams
The Idaho Fish & Game were scheduled to stock Wilson Pond, Sego Pond, Merril Park Pond, McDevitt Pond, Settlers Park Pond, Riverside Pond and Indian Creek between Kuna and Caldwell. By the end of the month Crane Falls Reservoir should also receive 1,200 fish. More fish will be planted each week though spring so go to the Idaho Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Lucky Peak Reservoir
Bank anglers are catching some nice rainbows around Spring Shores using green marshmallows or Pautzke's Fire Corn. Of course worms will catch fish too so go stocked with a variety of offerings. Trollers are catching a few trout, but fewer kokanee. Most are dragging Hoochies and squid type lures behind small pop gear or flashers to catch fish. Look for fish to be fairly shallow at around 10-15 feet before the sun gets on the water. Then start dropping down 5-10 feet each pass as the sun gets higher until you find them.
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