Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The reservoir levels didn't quite make full pool but all the boat launches are available and with somewhat steady levels the fishing should improve. Bass fishing continues to be good but you have to wade through a lot of small fish to find a keeper. To catch the bigger fish you're going to have to get up early or stay late in the day because once the sun gets on the water the bigger fish retreat to shelter. Try using crawdad or minnow colored crankbaits and jerkbaits or split shot and drop shot rigs in similar colored soft plastics. Crappie fishing is really good for fish in the 10 inch range and you can find them in most of the usual places throughout the reservoir. Some anglers are also catching perch on cut bait, small Red Worms, small nighcrawlers. The catfish are also biting, mostly in the upper river between the Cemetery and Steck Park.
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Duck Valley Indian Reservation
Fishing has been fairly good for both bank and boat anglers despite the cold blustery weather of late. Bank fishermen are using worms, marshmallows, PowerBait or silver and gold spoons and spinners to catch fish. Fly casters are using olive and brown leach patterns and nymphs and chironomids are also working to catch fish. Most bank anglers are having success fishing the shallower coves during the warmer part of the day while boat anglers trolling with lures like flatfish and spinners have done best at the midrange depths between the dam and the shallows. Mt. View and Sheep Creek seem to be fishing best but look for Lake Billy Shaw to get going soon.
Anglers continue to catch bass using various topwater baits and plastics in and around the pockets Smartweed, submerged brush and various tree trunks. Anglers are also catching a few crappie, a few bluegill and lots of catfish from shore and from their boats. With projected 100 degree days this weekend perhaps fishing at daybreak and dawn will be the ticket, and as far as the fish they will likely prefer those hours too.
Local Ponds and Streams
The Idaho Fish & Game is going to be stocking tens of thousands of trout throughout all of Southwestern Idaho from as far away as Lost Valley Reservoir and the Upper Payette Lake to the north, Bull Trout Lake and the Lowman Ponds to the east, the Payette Greenbelt and Parma Rotary Ponds to the west and Wilson Creek and Pond to the south. Next week the Idaho Fish & Game is planning on planting 3,500 fish in Horsethief Reservoir, 9,500 in Lost Valley Reservoir, 1,000 fish in Fish Lake and decent numbers of fish in Brown's Pond; Council Park Pond, Fischer Pond, Kimberland Meadows Pond, Northwest Passage Pond, Rapid River Pond, Rowlands Pond, the Warren Dredge Ponds and the North Fork of the Payette River. As for our local ponds most of them will also receive fish throughout the Treasure Valley. For more stocking information go to the Idaho Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Mann's Creek Reservoir
Anglers reported catching some decent numbers and sized trout this past weekend. PowerEggs, PowerBait or marshmallows and worms, it's your choice because the fish are biting for both bank and boat anglers. Don't forget there are some largemouth bass lurking in these waters as well so don't hesitate to take some bass plugs and plastic worms along just for fun.
Lucky Peak Reservoir
This seems to be the only kokanee fishery that's producing any fish to speak of. While catch rates still aren't great at least most anglers are catching a few fish. Most of the fish are coming from 30 feet up. Seems the fish are moving up and down looking for food so look for some fish to even be near the surface. Pinks and oranges seem to be ruling the day but fish have been caught on just about any kind of rig as long as it's baited with various scented Shoe Peg Corn .
Anglers continue catching largemouth and some smallmouth using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs. Some fish are still being caught off the steeper rocky points and vertical rock faces and banks but more and more fish are coming off the shallower points and flats. With these high temperatures the fish will be up early in the day and also looking for likely spawning areas so fishing should continue to improve. The crappie fishing has been decent at times but the fish are still scattered with most of the fish being caught by boaters.
Anglers were catching some decent sized holdover fish this weekend along with some hearty planters to make for nice mess of fish. Gulp PowerEggs seemed to work best but small worms and green or chartreuse marshmallows will work too. If your bait fishing just make sure to use a set up that lets your bait float free just off the bottom. The fish are cruising back and forth along the shore so they're looking for an easily spotted and caught meal. Fly casters can also do fairly well drifting various olive colored nymphs while trollers fishing nearer the shoreline also caught fish dragging around small spinners and pop gear.
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