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Trout fishing is decent for both bank and boat anglers. 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
Trout fishing continues to be great at higher elevations and 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. 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 and the Payette River below Cascade Reservoir.
Bank fishing has slowed except for very early or late in the day. 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 here again you need to be fishing during low light hours to have the best success.
Bass fishing is fair, but during the day the heat slows fishing way down. Buzzing plastic frogs and various types of buzzbaits work best first light then when the sun is up flip and pitch various plastics for the next few hours in and around the few remaining submerged willow trunks and smartweed mats. Then head for your favorite watering hole and wait until evening. Anglers are also finding a few bass out on the Equalizer. Both boat and bank anglers continue catching a few crappie and a few bluegill. Catfishing is still good especially towards evening. All major boat ramps are available but the Upper Dam West ramp is closed.
Fish & Game Stocking Report
The stocking emphasis has moved more towards mountain lakes and streams out of the Treasure Valley. Sometime this week Rowlands Pond, Tripod Reservoir, Poorman Pond, Northwest Passage Pond and Lower Boulder Reservoir will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. 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 (ramp at the dam is closed). The reservoir is over 75 down from full so the only ramp now that may be available is the old resort ramp but as of this report there are not indictions that is has been extended beyond the current depth so go knowing you may not be able to launch a boat, especially a larger boat. Anglers are still catching a few crappie but most of them have pulled out of the coves into steeper deeper water. Bass fishing continues to be fair but the heat in this canyon is unbearable during the day. Fishing is best early or late in the day tossing topwater plugs and buzzbaits. Plastics like a tube bait or Senko type bait will also catch fish.
The flows are still running below normal at 150 cfs. and may even drop a little from here. Fishing has been decent with fish taking terrestrials, hoppers, ants and such; 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 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 is terrible, especially the further upstream you go from Brownlee Reservoir. Try using cut bait and curly tailed grubs.
Fishing for both brook and rainbow trout continues to be fairly good for spin casters fishing along the lilly pad edges and grassy shorelines especially in the morning or later in the evening. Fly fishermen can also catch both rainbows and brookies on various small streamer flies, Woolly Worms and nymphs. Trollers are doing excellent catching some nice sized trout using small spinners and pop gear.
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