Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The flows are continuing to drop and somewhat cooler water temperatures are signaling feeding time for fish. Which means it's time to hang up the rubber rafts, inner tubes and homemade float boats until next year, thus making more room to fish for trout, bass and catfish along the river. Anglers are catching trout between Star and Barber Dam. Anglers can also catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish and even a few crappie downstream from Caldwell to the confluence with the Snake River. For trout small spinners, terrestrial fly patterns and bait will all catch them, the usual plastics are best for bass and crappie and catfish will eat anything that stinks or resembles a worm.
Time is running out for catching warmwater species like crappie and since fishing has continued to be awesome for fish between 9-11 inches you better give it a try, but its not going to last forever. Most of the crappie are being caught in the Powder River Arm but some fish are also being caught at most of the major coves, especially those with steep rock walls and banks like Sturgill Creek. Small chartreuse jigs tipped with white PowerBait Nibbles seems to work best to catch most of the fish. Bass anglers are also catching lots of fish dragging plastics between 10-20 feet deep and occasionally catching some larger fish rolling crankbaits off the steeper bank.
Boat anglers are still catching perch in anywhere between 12-24 feet deep. Cut bait and worms will work best to catch them and with cooler weather on the way look for the fish to move into a little shallower water, at least for a short time until the weather really turns south. Bass anglers are also finding some smallmouth up in shallow water looking for food. The bass anglers are catching most of their fish drop shotting plastics, but jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits will also catch fish out over the weedbeds and rocky points and ledges. A few boat anglers are catching trout on small spinners and trolling pop gear or dodgers trailed with Hoochies or Wedding Rings. Shore anglers are also catching a few bass, smaller perch and a few trout. All fish will start cruising shallower water as temperatures continue to drop.
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High Mountain Lakes and Streams
There is still time to get in one last blast in the mountains before the hunters take over and the fishing starts to wane. The fishing is certainly not going to get any better and with fish about has hungry as they're going to get all you need is some worms, salmon eggs, a few small spinners or a terrestrial fly or two and you should catch all the fish you're willing to clean.
The reservoir continues to be open to salvage fishing through October 20. The salvage suspends fish bag and possession limits. Anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license. With the exception of firearms, explosives, chemicals and electricity, fish may be taken with any method, including seines and dip nets. All fish must be killed before transport from the reservoir. Fishing has been a bit more difficult because of access due to the quickly dropping water level. Bank anglers fishing with bait and other methods are still taking home fish but not without some considerable effort.
The lake is closed to motorized boating but it's not closed to fishing and the fish are still biting, so don't overlook fishing from shore. Bait, lures and plastics will all catch fish. Maybe a bass, a bluegill, crappie, catfish or who knows, maybe even a perch.
Bass anglers are still catching some fish mostly using crawdad colored jigs in 12-20 feet. Crappie fishing is also still holding on in the deeper coves and off rocky points. The only place you can launch a boat is below the old resort ramp on the gravel, but believe it or not the water levels are climbing, ever so slowly. However you should still use a 4-wheel drive to avoid getting stuck.
The river flows are still hovering around 125 cfs. which is normal for this time of year. The fishing should continue to get better with the coming of cooler mornings. There are still a few trico's and plenty of midges coming off along with some PMD's, BWO's as well as callibaetis showing mostly later in the morning and then again towards evening. Next week is forecast to be cooler so look for fewer hatches which actually could make the fish hungrier. If you go try fishing a dry fly terrestrial pattern, PMD or BWO above a midge dropper imitation like a #20-22 Griffith's Gnat or Zebra Midge pattern.
The river flows continue to be low for this time of year which helps concentrate the fish but the moss and aquatic weeds are still a problem in some stretches of the river. However the bass are still fairly active and there are a few catfish still biting. You'll find them in open back eddies or along the river channel and in between the weedlines. Bass are taking plastics but don't hesitate to toss spinners or even topwater, especially early or late in the day. Again, catfish aren't that picky, worms, chicken livers, store bought stinkbait or your own concoction will all catch fish.
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