Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The reservoir levels are coming up now and will only be about 14 feet down by the weekend. Typically Idaho Power tries to have the reservoir full for Memorial Weekend so look for the levels to continue to climb about a foot a day. For boaters this is especially great because all of the boat ramps are now available. Bass fishing continues to be fair for both boat and bank anglers but without a boat it's hard to find the bigger fish. Either way you fish try using crawdad or minnow colored crankbaits and jerkbaits fished right along the bank out to about 12 feet. You can also fish close to shore out to about 20 feet using a split shot or drop shot rig in various colored soft plastics. Anglers continue to catch crappie in the Powder River Arm, around the Cemetery, Swede's Landing, Sturgill Creek and other coves on the east side towards the dam from Woodhead Park, or most any other major main lake cove. The fish aren't that big in most places but there are good fish being caught from time to time. Anglers are also catching perch; cut bait works best but both perch and crappie will bite on small Red Worms, small nighcrawlers or your favorite crappie jig, especially with a little cut bait or chartreuse or white Crappie Nibbles.
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Trout fishing from shore continues to get better for cruising rainbows and although its been sort of slow for bank anglers fishing for perch should be getting better as time goes on as well. Cut bait always works well for perch but small spinners can also work to catch both trout and perch. Boat anglers are catching trout trolling with pop gear and small spinners or drifting various baits for trout, perch and even bass. Bass fishing keeps getting a little better all the time with anglers reporting catching fish using crankbaits, lipless crankbaits or jerkbaits. Of course soft plastics like Senkos and tube baits will also catch a lot of fish. Most of the perch are still being caught on the north end of the lake and the smallmouth have been showing up near the dam, the city boat ramp and above Sugar Loaf.
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.
Bass anglers continue to catch fish using spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and buzzbaits over and around the Smartweed while some anglers are also pitching or flipping dark colored plastics to the brush piles and willow tree trunks to catch their fish. Anglers are also catching a few crappie, bluegill and catfish from shore and from their boats.
Local Ponds and Streams
The Idaho Fish & Game has been busy stocking trout in numerous places throughout Southwestern Idaho and beyond. For example: Cascade Reservoir received over 45,000 fish this past week along with 5,000 fish were put in Horsethief Reservoir to begin to restore that great little reservoir. They also stocked the Caldwell City Pond Complex, Indian Creek, both in Caldwell and Kuna, Wilson Creek and Pond, the Marsing Highway Pond and several other ponds around the Treasure Valley. There will be many other fish planted through the month of May so for more stocking information go to the Idaho Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Boise River Reservoirs (Lucky Peak, Arrowrock, Anderson Ranch)
Kokanee fishing out of Spring Shores has been getting a lot better, at least some days. Most of the fish seem to be biting shallow so anglers are mostly long lining and using small pop gear; mostly corn baited small Wedding Rings or Hoochies behind a Dodger. Pinks, oranges and chartreuses seem to be the colors of choice. Arrowrock Reservoir is still fishing slow and although the water conditions have improved at Anderson Ranch Reservoir the fishing has not.
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