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Trout fishing is still decent but boat anglers are having a little better luck than the bank fishermen. Bait works best, like red worms, Powerbait or marshmallows and trollers are using baited Wedding Rings and small spinners to catch fish.
High Mountain Lake & Streams
This is the place to be and it’s not going to get any better than it is right now. Trout fishing continues to be great at higher elevations and no matter what all you need is a casting bubble and a #12-16 Elk Hair Caddis fly or a small black and yellow or gold spinner to catch fish. However, be sure and check the regulations on each body of water you’re fishing, some have special harvest and method of take regulations. Some popular local streams that are producing are the Middle Fork of the Boise River above Arrowrock Reservoir, the North Fork of the Payette River below Cascade Reservoir and the South Fork of the Boise below Anderson Ranch Reservoir.
Bank fishing is still slow during the day so fish very early or late into the evening. Try using worms or marshmallows but Powerbait works best to catch fish. Boat fishermen are doing a little better using small spinners and small pop gear trailed with bait. Fly fishermen do best using Stayner Ducktails or olive colored leeches but again its best if you fish during low light hours.
Bass fishing is still fair but you have to fish early or late in the day to catch many fish. Buzzing plastic frogs and various types of buzzbaits work well at first light or late in the day. Anglers are also finding a few bass out on the Equalizer using spinnerbaits. Both boat and bank anglers continue catching a few crappie and a few bluegill, and catfishing is especially good early morning. The boat ramps available are dwindling. The Lower Dam ramp is almost out of the water and the Upper Dam West ramp is closed, leaving the Upper Dam (East) park area the only good ramp available.
Fish & Game Stocking Report
The stocking emphasis has moved more towards mountain lakes and streams out of the Treasure Valley. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
NOTE: The County Ramp near the dam is closed. The reservoir is almost 76 feet down so according to the Bureau of Reclamation boat access is limited to the Indian Creek Boat Ramp located 5 miles south of the dam ramp. Anglers were still catching crappie but most of them have pulled out of the coves into steeper deeper water. Bass fishing continues to be fair but its best early or late in the day tossing topwater plugs and buzzbaits or plastics like a tube bait or Senko type bait will also catch fish.
The flows are still running below normal at around 150 cfs.. Fishing is decent for fish taking terrestrials, hoppers, ants and also PMD’s are coming off fairly often. It’s definitely best to fish early or late in the day because the heat can be brutal during the day and remember there’s not a lot of shade along the river
The river is still running fairly high but anglers are still catching a lot of catfish and bass all up and down the river. Unfortunately the moss continues to be terrible, especially the further upstream you go from Brownlee Reservoir. Try using cut bait and curly tailed grubs.
Fishing continues to be fair for anglers fishing along the lilly pad edges and grassy shorelines, especially in the morning or later in the evening where they're catching both rainbows and brook trout. Fly fishermen can also catch fish on various small streamer flies, Woolly Worms and nymphs. Trollers are doing fair catching trout using small spinners and baited pop gear.
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