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Hells Canyon & Oxbow Reservoirs
Bass fishing is still decent on both reservoirs. Crappie fishing is still going on in Oxbow and the fish are a little bigger by average then Brownlee but you won't catch near as many. The trout fishing is still hit and miss on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir but anglers are still catching a few decent sized fish.
High Mountain Lake & Streams
Stream fishing the pocket water for trout with any dry fly imitation spun with either elk or deer hair is still a good way to go but bait or spinners work too. Lake fishermen can still catch fish using wet and dry flies, spinners or bait, but be sure and check the regulations for each stream and lake you’re fishing before setting the hook. Some bodies of water have special regulations and restrictions on tackle and bag limits.
Fishing is best real early then later in the day but anglers are still only 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.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
Wilson Springs Pond was stocked this week with 500 catchable trout. Other reservoirs and streams throughout Idaho’s southwest region will continue to be stocked throughout September depending on river/lake/pond conditions. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
The lake is now a little less than 15 feet down and starting to rise. The only boat ramp available is at the east side - park ramp by the Upper Dam. Be cautious boating because of the shallow water. Anglers are still catching bass around both dam faces, across the Equalizer and off Gott’s Point. Most of the fish are being caught using plastic jigs or pig n’ jigs but crankbaits will also work well to catch fish. Other anglers are still catching a few bluegill, an occasional crappie and they’re still catching catfish. Note: The lake will be closed to motorized boats after September 30th.
Bass and crappie fishing is still hanging on and should remain fair for the next few weeks or so depending on the weather. Some boat anglers are still launching their boats but it sounds like a four-wheel drive and light weight boat is your best bet to avoid problems. The reservoir is an unprecedented 80 feet down. For more information on boat launching conditions call the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department at 541-473-5126 and ask to speak to the Marine Sheriff for the latest details.
Fly fishing continues to improve with plenty of tiny tricos and midges coming off as usual in the morning and then the BWO’s are hatching from midafternoon toward evening. The flows are fairly clear and remain just under 150 cfs. which is great for wading and sight fishing.
Smallmouth fishing should start to improve most everywhere along the river. However due to the aquatic vegetation you’ll need to learn how to fish in between the weed beds or find some open back eddies. At least the moss has settled down since the river turned over. Try drifting various plastics to catch fish but don’t hesitate to toss a topwater plug or jerkbait in between the weeds. Anglers are also still catching catfish using stinkbait, worms and or crickets.
Trout fishing is still holding on for a few bank fishermen but boat anglers are doing best. Bank fishermen are using Powerbait or worms to catch both rainbows and brook trout 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.
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