Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
River flows continue to slowly drop and are now running around 450 cfs. which is an excellent flow for fishing. Anglers have been doing better now that the flows have dropped and with plenty of recently stocked trout and lots of holdover and native trout eager to take your bait this is a great place to spend a few hours when you can't get out of town. Try using small spinners, salmon eggs or worms to catch trout. Fly anglers are catching trout using PMD's, terrestrials and caddis patterns; or larger streamers might also catch a remaining Chinook.
The reservoir levels ahve finally stopped dropping and will be about 26 feet down by the weekend. The only ramp available on the south end of the reservoir will be at Spring Recreation Camp but it will be marginal and it will be off the old boat launch which isn't recommended for folks with large boats and who don't have 4-wheel drive vehicles. If you go you'll have no problem catching the smaller bass but if you're fishing from a boat and can find some schools of baitfish you might be able to entice a bigger fish into biting. They are often suspended just below the school's of baitfish and they usually won't turn down a tasty morsel directed their way. Try crawdad and minnow colored plastics and lipless crankbaits in and around the deeper coves and steeper points and banks; topwater plugs will also work, especially early in the morning. Crappie fishing in the Powder River Arm is best and can still be pretty good elsewhere if you can find a place deep enough to hold fish, up to 40 feet and that's not slimy with that green algae crap. Which by the way caught the attention of the Health Dept. so they are recommending that fish caught anywhere near the blue/green algae be released as they are not considered all that safe for consumption. Catfishing is still fair, biting on the usual, stinkbaits, crickets and worms. Same health hazard warning applies to all fish caught on Brownlee Resevoir until further notice.
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The lake is holding at about 9 feet down and the only boat ramps available are at the East Park ramp by the Upper Dam and Lower Dam ramp. Be cautious boating because of the shallow water, especially mid-lake near the Equalizer. Anglers are still catching bass around both dam faces, across the Equalizer and off Gott's Point or any remaining structure. Most of the fish are being caught using soft plastic baits or pig n' jigs, but crankbaits will also work well along the rocky dam faces. Other anglers are still catching a few bluegill, an occasional crappie and they're still catching a lot of catfish. Note: The lake will be closed to motorized boats after September 30th.
Mountain Lakes & Streams
Fishing is excellent in all of our mountain streams and lakes but you better get it while you can because some of our higher peaks received their first dusting of snow this past weekend. Remember to be cautious of the hunting community this time of year, they too will be tromping through the high country. Deer or elk hair dry fly's or small black and yellow spinners are all you need to catch fish, but if you forgot your tackle box go hunting for some grasshoppers, they will always catch mountain fish. Be sure to check with the U. S. Forest Service for any road closures or fire restrictions before you go. Also check the fishing regulations for the area you'll be fishing because many of Idaho's high mountain lakes and streams have special regs on tackle and limits.
Mountain View and Sheep Creek Reservoirs
Cooler temperatures have really started to hit the high country and the reservoirs on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation have begin to turn on. Anglers have already reported some decent catches out of Mountain View but Sheep Creek Reservoir and Lake Billy Shaw should also be starting to fish well, especially as nighttime temperatures continue to drop. Bank anglers are using the usual, worms, marshmallows and PowerBait. Flycasters do well with small leech patterns like Stayner Ducktails and Sheep Creek Specials while trollers can catch fish using small minnow colored spinners and spoons. Don't forget you need a Tribal Permit to fish Duck Valley.
North & Middle Fork of the Boise River Both rivers are still fishing fairly well with plenty of stocked and native fish to go around. Try fishing early and late in the day and try fishing with dry fly stimulator patterns and terrestrial imitations like ants and grasshoppers for the best results. All you need is a casting bubble a spinning rod, some flies and just add water and you'll catch fish. Remember there are special regulations for the Middle Fork from the mouth of the North Fork upstream to Atlanta Dam. The trout limit is 2 fish, none under 14 inches, no bait allowed and barbless hooks required. Be sure and check the latest fire and road restrictions before heading out in the direction.
Bass anglers are catching fish using spider jigs, split-shot and drop shot tube baits and jigs or minnow colored crankbaits. Try fishing off the deeper points and remaining rock piles and submerged islands but use caution while boating the reservoir, at this level there are many hazards that may not be buoyed. The water level is nearly 52 feet down. Crappie fishing has been good for boat anglers who are catching fish off the deeper coves and off steep banks. Note: The only boat ramps available are the newly remodeled old resort ramp and Gordon Gulch day use ramp.
Owyhee River The flows are running about average at around 145 cfs. PMD's are still hatching in the late afternoon with a few caddis showing earlier in the day. Trico's are showing more frequently now that the temperatures have dropped but terrestrial patterns should still work when there's no other hatches going on. Cast right along the deeper banks with a hopper and dropper for the best results and when all else fails try stripping a streamer.
Sage Hen Reservoir
This little gem of a mountain fishing hole has been fishing fairly well now that temperatures have been staying cooler, especially at night. Here all you need is some PowerEggs, marshmallows and maybe some red worms and you're in business. There is plenty of access along the shore for fishing and there is a couple boat launches for smaller boats as well.
Snake River (Swan Falls to Brownlee Reservoir)
River flows, while lower than average are higher than they have been all summer, which is good for boating, but don't let that lull you into thinking there's nothing to be concerned about. This river can be treacherous so caution is always the better part of navigating the Snake River. Bass and catfish are still biting but the flotilla of grass and moss has gotten worse, hopefully our recent cooler weather will clear this up. Meanwhile if you can find a clear spot to fish you can still catch fish. The bass are hitting small spinners or try drop shotting and split shotting weedless rigged plastic tubebaits and curly-tailed grubs. The catfish are still biting on nightcrawlers and stinkbait.
Southwest Idaho Stocking Schedule
Many southwest Idaho lakes, ponds and streams will be stocked during the month of September. The Boise River, both upper and lower will be stocked with approximately 2000 fish between the week of the 19th and the 23rd . This past week Indian Creek through Caldwell and Indian Creek near Kuna was stocked with 500 fish between them. The Lowman Ponds were also stocked with 600 fish and Martin Lake (Grandjean) was stocked with 500 fsh. Also last week Wilson Springs and Wilson Springs Ponds were stocked with 250 and 400 respectively.
South Fork of the Boise River
The flows have finally dropped to around 590 cfs. so it's time to get out the waders and head up to the South Fork. Our cooler weather will undoubtedly help the fishing and with a host of flies to choose from including, but not limited to, hoppers, stimulators or attractor patterns, mayflies, stonefly imitations and you can even fish with single, barbless hooked spinners and spoons. The South Fork has special regulations regarding the keeping of fish so be sure and check the regulations for special tackle and limit restrictions before heading up.
Both bank and boat anglers are still catching rainbow trout and there are lots of brook trout that like to hang out around the Lilly pads and they're usually eager to take just about any morsel you throw at them. Bank fishermen here like to use the usual worms, marshmallows or PowerBait on a drop shot rig which puts the bait just off the bottom. This is usually always a productive way to fish for trout, especially in mountain lakes. Trollers do well using small spinners like Wedding Rings or other small pop gear tipped with some sort of bait like a small piece of worm or maggot.
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