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All three reservoirs are open to fishing but so far Mt. View has been getting all the credit for some nice sized fish being caught. Both bank anglers and early cold water float tubers have been catching fish using Powerbait, marshmallows and worms, while the fly casters have been using small olive leech patterns and Stayner Ducktails.
The lake opened to motor boat traffic April 15th and bass fishing has gotten off to a decent start. Remember its catch and release only for bass until after June 30th. Anglers are also catching some bluegill, a few crappie and some catfish. Try spinnerbaits and soft plastics for bass in and around the outer edge of the willows.
Local Ponds and Streams
Wilson Pond and creek were stocked along with several other area ponds this past Monday including Caldwell Pond #1 and #2, Duff Pond, Quinn's Pond, Veteran's Pond and William's Pond just to name a few of the locations the Fish & Game have stocked this month. Additional Treasure Valley ponds and streams throughout April will be stocked as well. For the latest stocking report refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Games web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Lucky Peak Reservoir
Anglers are finding a few more kokanee trolling small pop gear trailed with a Hoochie or Wedding Ring tipped with either Shoepeg Corn or Fire CornÔ. Some anglers are also catching a few fish from shore using worms and marshmallows. On April 21st the Idaho Fish & Game will be planting 19,000 catchable sized rainbows so fishing should be even better next week. Smallmouth bass fishing is also getting better as water temperatures climb, try tossing crankbaits or slow dragging soft plastics.
Bank anglers are still catching plenty of trout between 10-12 inches using worms, marshmallows or Powerbait.
The water level continues to slowly creep up but I'm afraid it's going to be headed back down by this report. This year might be a short season due to a low water because of a poor snowpack so boat ramp availability will be marginal. So if you have a hankering to catch some nice largemouth bass and some crappie then you better not wait until this summer. The day use boat ramp and the county ramp at the dam are available, still no word on whether or not they've completed work on the old resort ramp. Anglers have been catching some very nice bass, fair numbers of smaller crappie and even some trout and catfish. The bass are hitting crankbaits and soft plastic finesse worms, while the ole' standby red and white crappie jig is working fine for crappie in the clearer water.
The river flows have started to increase for irrigation purposes and will continue to climb to just over 225 cfs. in the next week. The bug hatches had been getting better as warmer weather improved but look for things to change for a little while until the river flows settle in. Midges and BWO's make up the bulk of the fish food but caddis will be showing up soon. The better hatches have been coming off late morning and then again a couple times throughout the afternoon. Since there has still been a few Skwalla's showing try a midge or baetis emerger pattern in a size # 20-22 as a dropper under a size #12-14 Skwalla dry fly.
Anglers continue catching catfish and bass all along the river. Try using bait, curly tailed grubs, crankbaits and spinners in the tailraces below C.J. Strike, Swan Falls, Brownlee and Oxbow Dams to catch a trout and bass.
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