Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
Bank fishermen are catching some rainbows from shore using PowerBait or marshmallows and worms. The trout are starting to cruise the shoreline in search of food and spawning creeks so now is a good time to be a bank fishermen. However if the weather guru is correct the road back into Arrowrock this weekend might not be worth the risk for a few fish.
The flows at the Glenwood Bridge continue to run about normal at around 285 cfs.. Since the flows are fairly low and clear there are a few more bug hatches which in turn is bringing out a few more fish and fishermen. The upper and lower river were stocked with catchable sized trout recently and anglers have been having some success all along the river. Focus your efforts casting into the riffles and drifting your offering into the deeper pools. Try drifting worms, bright colored salmon eggs or PowerBait for trout. Small spoons and spinners will also catch trout and fly fishermen are using nymph patterns like the Prince Nymph or a small Wooly Bugger to catch both trout and whitefish, beadheaded versions of nymphs or Wooly Buggers in the deeper pools seems to work best.
In spite of our cooler temperatures the reservoir is not showing any signs of freezing back over. However bank anglers have been enjoying some decent fishing and catching some big rainbows using various baits (worms and marshmallows) and even spinners. Not too many folks reporting catching any perch but that should all change if the ice continues to recede.
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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. 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.
While the ice on Horsethief isn't in quite as bad of condition as Cascade I would still stay clear, clear off the whatever ice you may think can hold you up. Perhaps by now there is enough open water to bank fish? If that is the case then fishing will be a no-brainer, a rod, a hook and a worm and you're in business.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
Wilson Springs Pond, Park Center Pond, Riverside Pond, Sawyers Pond, McDevitt Pond and the Weiser Community Pond along with the Payette Greenbelt Pond were scheduled to be stocked with trout this week. 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
Reports have been coming in that anglers fishing near the dam have been catching trout using PowerBait or a combination of nightcrawlers and marshmallows. Try using a small weight about a foot below your hook to help it hover just off the bottom letting your bait drift free. Trout sometimes like to pick up the bait and swim off before they swallow it, this method helps you catch more fish.
No new reports, it may be because the ice has not recovered. The forecast is for cooler but mayabe not cool enough for ice fishing but folks might be catching some fish from shore. Perhaps it would be a good idea to call West Magic Resort at (208) 487-2581 for the latest conditions. Again, if there is some open shoreline trout fishing could actually be excellent. There is some big trout in this reservoir so perhaps a phone call might be in order.
The flows out of the dam continue to run between 10-13 cfs. With the water being very low the fish are spooky. Because of the weather there aren't that many hatches except for midday to afternoon. Fish have only been active for short periods of time of late so fishing has definately been hit and miss. Mostly smaller BWO's are coming of with a few tiny midges.
South Fork of the Boise River
Fly fishermen continue dragging nymphs and casting to rising fish. Most are using tiny #20-24 midge patterns or #18-20 Blue Winged Olive imitations. Most of the fish are being caught with small streamers or larger nymphs. Flows are still running around 300 cfs. which is good for wading and casting to feeding fish. The South Fork is also be a great fishery for whitefish which can also be caught using nymphs like a #16 Prince Nymph.
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