Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
Bank fishermen are still catching rainbows from shore using PowerBait or marshmallows and worms. The trout should be hungerly cruising the shoreline for a little while longer. With rain in the forecast the road back into the reservoir might be slimy and rutty so proceed with caution.
Rumor control has it that some anglers are catching kokanee. I can't personally confirm that but given our unseasonable weather and mild spring run-off I wouldn't be surprised. Small Dodgers trailed with a baited Wedding Ring or Hoochie usually work well to catch both trout and kokanee. If trollers are catching kokanee and trout in Arrowrock then Lucky Peak and maybe even Anderson Ranch might be worth a look.
The flows dropped back to normal fairly quickly so fishing is back to normal as well. With plenty of stocked and holdover trout anglers aren't having too much trouble finding a few fish most days. Focus your fishing from the tail end of the riffles on into the deeper pools drifting your bait, spinner or fly all along the way. Fly fishermen are 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 has come up to just under 20 feet down and continues to slowly rise. All of the boat ramps are either marginal or good for launching. Anglers fishing the Powder River Arm are still catching plenty of perch, a few decent sized crappie, some catfish and the bass fishing has at times been on fire. Bass anglers are now catching fish throughout the reservoir along rocky banks and points, mudflats and even some in the backs of coves. Soft plastics, crankbaits or jerkbaits will all work for bass and the ole' red and white jigs fished from 10-15 feet will catch most of the crappie. The perch like worms, but if you catch a small one use it for cut bait, that work well too.
Banks anglers are still catching some nice sized fish on the north end, eastside and between Sugar Loaf and the Golf Course. Most are using worms and marshmallows but PowerBait or even spinners will catch fish. Anglers are also catching a few perch on worms or cut bait. Boat anglers are also starting to catch few trout but bass fishing is still slow. Most ramps are available except French Creek and Buttercup ramp as the reservoir is only 6 feet from full.
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Duck Valley Reservoirs
Mountain View Reservoir is fishing fair with some decent sized fish being caught from shore and by float tubers. Fishing at Sheep Creek and Lake Billy Shaw doesn't open until April 1st. Most bank fishermen are using PowerBait and marshmallows or nightcrawlers and fly casters are using olive/brown nymph patterns to catch their fish.
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.
The ice is gone and the fish are hungry. Bank anglers have been catch decent numbers of fish using worms, marshmallows or PowerBait. Most of the fish you'll catch won't be big but they'll fry up just fine.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
The Idaho Fish & Game scheduled trout stocking in a few more areas this week to include Wilson Pond, Indian Creek, both near Kuna and Caldwell, Kliener Pond, Riverside Pond and Settlers Park Pond. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Lucky Peak Reservoir
Bank anglers are still reporting catching trout using PowerBait or a combination of nightcrawlers and marshmallows fishing near the dam and Spring Shores. Try putting your weight between 6 inches and a foot below a snelled hook to help your bait float just off the bottom. Trout like to pick up the bait and swim off before they swallow it so this method can help you catch more fish. Boat anglers are also starting to find a few trout trolling baited pop gear or Rapalas. Still not much reported kokanee action, but perhaps anglers are keeping it a secret, can that be?
Bass anglers are catching some nice largemouth using crankbaits and soft plastics. Not too many fish are being caught but it won't be long until the fishing should really take off. A few fishermen are also catching some crappie and even a few trout. The Day Ramp is available but barely, so the only other ramp are the old resort ramp at the end of the road.
The flows out of the dam continue to run between 10-13 cfs. With the water being very low the fish are spooky. Fishing should improve as warmer weather settles in but it's still not going to be easy to sneak up the fish. Still some BWO's coming off with tiny midges.
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