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Hells Canyon Reservoirs
Bass fishing is still great in all three reservoirs but it's best to fish early or late in the day to catch the bigger fish. Crappie fishing has improved on Brownlee and Oxbow with the recent rains, perhaps it will continue to improve. Anglers are catching a few perch on Brownlee and they're still catching plenty of catfish on all three reservoirs using stinkbait, cut bait or worms. The trout fishing is starting to become hit and miss on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir but anglers are still catching some nice fish.
High Mountain Lake & Streams
Trout fishing continues to be great in between cloudbursts and it seems no matter where you go or what you use the fish still seem to be hungry. Try pocket water fishing with a #16 Elk Hair Caddis or Stonefly imitations spun with either elk or deer hair on the rivers and small spinners on the lakes. Be sure and check the regulations on each of these rivers before heading out.
Fishing is not the best during the day but anglers are still catching smaller trout. Try using worms or marshmallows but Powerbait works best to catch fish from shore. Boat fishermen are doing a little better using small spinners and pop gear trailed with bait. Fly fishermen do best with slow to medium sink lines using Stayner Ducktails or olive colored leeches, but again its best if you fish during low light hours no matter what your fisihing with.
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.
The flows continue to run just below normal at around 150 cfs. Unfortunately these low flows will sooner rather than later be dropped to a mere trickle and our heat wave will take its toll on the fishing. Once this happens we recommend you fish elsewhere. Between warm water temperatures, low oxygen content and stressed fish after being caught the mortality rate climbs drastically. So please consider fishing somewhere else like in the mountains. Where the morning air is fresh and cool and the fish are eager to bite. Meanwhile fishing is still decent early in the day and then again late in the day. Fish are taking a few terrestrials like hoppers and ants during the day but Trico's or Callibaetis are coming off very early in the day and a few caddis at dusk. It's definitely best to fish early or late to beat the heat and again don't forget to watch out for snakes.
The Trico hatch is best in the morning but appear throughout the day along with plenty of tiny BWO's in the morning along the creek and speckled Duns are coming off midday in the stillwater. Evening still brings such a mix of bugs you can't tell where to cast with what! Don't over look fishing ants or even small hoppers if you can get a calm day and damsel flies are working as well. Keep in mind, this is Silver Creek, long light leaders are the ticket here, and of course plenty of patience and perseverance.
Smallmouth fishing is great where you can find a moss free eddy or in between the weedlines. However the moss continues to present a challenge for bait fishermen. Try drifting various plastics for bass during the day but don't hesitate to use a topwater plug or jerkbait early or late in the day. In spite of the moss anglers are still catching plenty of catfish using stinkbait, worms and crickets.
Trout fishing remains good for both bank and boat anglers for brook and rainbow trout. Bank fishermen are using Powerbait or worms while trollers are doing well catching trout using small spinners and baited pop gear. Fly fishermen can also catch fish on various small streamer flies, Woolly Worms and nymphs. Foam spiders can be dynamite around the Lilly pads for brook trout.
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